In light of the latest announcement from the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, regarding COVID guidelines in Wales (applicable from 27 March 2021 onwards), there are no changes to the restrictions imposed regarding brass bands being allowed to meet and perform indoors.
Brass Bands Wales are however actively engaging with a wide cross-section of organisations and advisory bodies, to ensure that when a phased re-start of activities can take place, that it will have clearly established what measures are required, in order that it is practical and safe for all parties to do so. Further guidance regarding safeguarding and risk assessments will be issued, as and when appropriate.
Group sessions for children aren’t currently permitted in person other than as part of formal education in schools.
In the meantime, Brass Band Wales urges everyone to follow the current Welsh Government guidelines as follows:
Keep Wales safe:
- always observe social distancing (also known as physical distancing) – stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from others (who are not part of your household or extended household), indoors and outdoors
- wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitiser if access to soap and water is not possible
- always wear a face covering in indoor public places, on public transport, or in other indoor places if keeping 2m away from others is not possible
- if you meet with anyone who is not part of your extended household, stay outdoors
- work from home if you can
- self-isolate at home if you, anyone you live with, or anyone in your extended household has:
- symptoms of COVID-19, and the person with symptoms should also book a test
- tested positive for COVID-19
- anyone who is contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect Team because they have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19must also self-isolate at home.