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NZCF guidelines for rehearsals under Alert Level 1

All of New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 1, as of midday 12 March 2021.


There are currently no limits on the number of people at a gathering and rehearsals and concerts may go ahead without restrictions. Nonetheless, we need to maintain good hygiene practices to ensure we all stay healthy.

Please note: We at NZCF are not health or legal professionals. Please do not consider this medical or legal advice. These guidelines are based on the NZ Government guidelines and advice we have received from Professor Michael Baker. We will update this page as and when the government guidelines change.



Alert Level 3 – choirs may not rehearse.

Alert Level 2 – all the guidelines below apply

Alert Level 1 – spacing of singers, length of rehearsals and physical contact can be relaxed


Stay home if you are at all unwell

Choir management should reserve the right to turn away a singer displaying signs of being unwell.

Singers may consider carrying out their own temperature checks before attending rehearsals.


Contact tracing

Ensure that attendance registers are accurately recorded and contact lists are kept up to date. Taking a photo at rehearsals may be an additional means of recording attendance.


Wash/sanitise hands

Ensure there is access to hand washing/hand sanitiser at the door to the rehearsal room and in the bathrooms.


Coughs & sneezes 

Sneeze and cough into your elbow – this is good practice no matter the bug.


Space out at rehearsals

Continue to space out, as much as is practicable within the rehearsal room. Don’t sing in a circle formation – all the singers should face forward.


Ventilation in rehearsal rooms

Ensure adequate ventilation, with a minimum room temperature of 18°C.


Snacks & drinks

You may wish to limit the sharing of snacks and drinks at rehearsals.



Choir members who have travelled overseas and have completed the 2-week mandatory quarantine should communicate with choir management before returning to rehearsals.

Choirs may consider recording rehearsals for those who cannot attend. This will encourage members to exercise greater caution and to stay at home if remotely unwell.

Remember that members of your choir will have had different experiences over the last few months. Some may need some time to feel comfortable returning to rehearsals. Please be kind.