As an Ubuntu choir, we are living and practicing Ubuntu in everything we do. When we remember that our choices affect one another, we are practicing Ubuntu. In no place has this been higher stakes than in the glaring reality of our global pandemic.

Singing together is a considered a high-risk activity, but that risk is, for many of us, offset by the joy and oxytocin, which helps heal, connect, and stabilize us all. With this polarity in mind, I have given great thought to how to proceed, knowing that, as life dictates, even these guidelines are subject to change as needed.

Here are the current protocols:

Within the lived philosophy of Ubuntu, we recognize that we are all connected, and that our actions affect one another. During this pandemic, we are called upon to LIVE UBUNTU in a very high-stakes sense. There is no way to completely guarantee safety from COVID with any in-person gathering, but we as a community will practice using what safety measures are available to us in the name of protecting each other.

  • Barring medical or age exemptions, you must be fully vaccinated and have up-to-date boosters for COVID in order to attend. (If you have an exemption please talk to me privately.)
  • We will all test upon arrival (babies exempt). Your admission cost includes the test. Someone will be there to help you if you’ve never taken a self-administered COVID test before.
  • Testing is a great safety tool, but is not fool-proof. Please continue to respect the variety of comfort levels in the group, including your own, which may change week to week as the circumstances of the pandemic change. We’ll continue to utilize our other group-safety tools as well. Masking, distancing, and being outdoors all make the biggest difference in keeping one another safe.
  • Please keep your mask on until your test for the event has completed.
  • We’ll continue to use the BIRD-CAT-DOG method of socializing.
  • The courtyard is big enough to socially distance. If we have multiple people in masks, we’ll have a masked/distanced section and an unmasked section. Please choose what feels safe and right for you this week.
  • When numbers are up, I will be doing more to support social distancing while singing, and also encourage you to mask if un-distanced for a moment to hug or sing closely. When numbers are lower, we may do closer group activities but as with everything in community singing, everything is completely optional according to your comfort level.
  • Finally, if you have any symptoms and/or have a known exposure to COVID please stay home and join us next time.
  • If you are ill or exposed but still want to join, or if this just isn’t safe enough for you but you’d like to be a part of things, I would be delighted to have you Zoom or Facetime in.