Tell BHS, HI, and SA: Protect our singers
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This pandemic will not be over until it's over for everyone, everywhere. Singing is one of
the highest-transmission activities for COVID-19, and every gathering that involves singing is
potentially a super-spreader event.
We, the undersigned, call on the Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmony, Incorporated, and Sweet Adelines International organizations at the international, district/region/area, and local chapter levels to:
- Require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, proof of positive titer (showing the presence of COVID-19 antibodies), or a medical exemption signed by an M.D., for admission to all official gatherings, including rehearsals, meetings, performances, competitions, and conventions.
- Require adequate ventilation and strongly recommend masks and social distancing, at all official gatherings, including rehearsals, meetings, performances, competitions, and conventions.
Strongly encourage everyone–including all singers, members, directors, coaches, and
visitors–to become vaccinated, wear masks, and socially distance at all unofficial and
COVID-19 poses a potentially lethal hazard to everyone, but it holds special consequences for singers. Even without deadly consequences, the virus can permanently damage and scar lung tissue, cause paralysis of the laryngeal nerves, and cause respiratory dysfunction, all of which affect our ability to sing. We have a common goal: to get back to singing. We all need to do our part and take the necessary measures to protect our members and everyone around them, so we can gather safely and make music together again.