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Choirs: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL542, tabled on 24 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) evidential, and (2) statutory, basis for the recent guidance that amateur choirs should be restricted to six socially-distanced singers indoors.

Answered on

7 June 2021

We know that the restrictions on singing are frustrating to large numbers of amateur choirs and performance groups across the country and that many people have made sacrifices in order to drive down infections and protect the NHS over the last year.

It is important that we take a cautious approach in easing restrictions. We have followed the views of public health experts on singing. We are aware, through the NERVTAG and PERFORM studies that singing can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission through the spread of aerosol droplets. This was backed up by a consensus statement from SAGE, resulting in the suggested principles of safer singing being published.

We will continue to keep guidance and restrictions under review, in line with the changing situation. Further detail on step 4 will be set out as soon as possible.