State College Choral Society

 Vaccination and Masking Policy

(Updated 10/1/22)

 

 

        In light of the number of COVID-19 cases reported among our members prior to and after our September 11, 2022 performances, the Board reexamined SCCS’s vaccination and masking policy.  Balancing the purposes for which SCCS exists – to sing and to perform – with the current risks to the health of our members, we continue to believe that, while adhering to best practices regarding vaccination and boosters, we can safely allow singers who wish to attend rehearsals and performances unmasked to do so.  Inevitably, some of the risk that SCCS has sought over time to mitigate must fall back on the shoulders of our individual members, and we believe that, at this time, our growth as a musical organization depends upon that individual assumption of risk.

       We understand that this policy may present concerns to some of our members, and we will continue to do our best to accommodate those concerns through such practices as considerate placement of singers, air-clearing breaks, and live-streamed rehearsals.  Also, especially since we anticipate that some members will no longer be masked, we will continue to encourage optimal distancing at rehearsals and performances bearing in mind the dimensional constraints of these venues.

         We will also continue to require, as a condition of attendance at rehearsals or performances, full vaccination, and boosters consistent with CDC guidance applicable to the individual member. Insofar as members choose to continue masking, we suggest that these be high-quality masks such as N95, KN95 or KF94 masks, or at minimum surgical masks, all of which are far better at preventing transmission of the COVID virus than cloth masks.  We will continue to have a supply of surgical masks available at each rehearsal. 

      All members should be aware of the following COVID-19 symptoms and self-test should any of these manifest.  Please err on the side of caution, as even mild symptoms may portend a positive test result.

DO NOT COME TO REHEARSAL UNTIL RESULTS ARE KNOWN.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

            Thank you so much for your patience and cooperation.