Is that a sunset we are glimpsing on COVID-times?
We are excited (and anxious) about starting up face-to-face again. But our anxieties have been significantly allayed by the Managers at the Clubs at which we have held ukestras in the past. Their social distancing and hygiene protocols seem comprehensive, and are a real testament to their commitment to our community’s health.
But we are only able to come together to play music if we comply with some conditions. Most of these conditions are the Clubs’, adhering to NSW Government regulations. But we also have a few of our own protocols in place to best protect the health of our community, and ourselves.
Both clubs have prepared plenty of room for ukestras to return (in the large rooms we have used before), in a fashion that complies with social distancing regulations. We also feel very sure that their hygiene procedures (e.g. wiping down tables, lots of hand sanitiser stations, minimising crowd movement) are best practice.
Monday evenings (Merewether), Tuesday arvos (Lakemac), Wednesday arvos (Tomaree), Thursday nights(Carrington) and Saturday mornings(Carrington)
Pick your day in the form after you’ve read the Conditions of Participation.
Conditions for your Participation in a Bi-U
The Short Version
- Agree to these conditions
- Feel sick? Don’t come.
- Hung out with Victorians lately? Hmmmm….. let us know please.
- Join the club
- Entry requirements
- Abide by club rules
- Stay seated
- Wear a mask if singing in your seat.
- Bring your own mic (if you have one) to sing lead. We have some spares.
- BRING THE MUSIC PUBLISHED FOR THIS SESSION!!!!
The Long Version (please read anyhow)
- If this is your first time, book in by selecting your day. We need to know that you are agreeing with the conditions.
- Please don’t come if you are sick (even a sniffle) or been in contact with a COVID-19 infected person. Complying with social distancing protocols for us means (please) no hugging, handshaking, kissing etc. No infections on our watch please (of even the flu or the common cold!).
- If you have been in contact with someone from Victoria or have recently returned from there, please avoid coming to uke until two weeks after that contact or your return.
- You must be a club member (the cost for a year is around $10). You can sign up over the phone or at the door.
- The clubs have entry protocols with which you must comply. Signing in to the club will be used for contact tracing in the extremely unlikely event that a local outbreak occurs.
- You will need to abide by social distancing and hygiene procedures at all times in the club.
- You are required to remain seated at your table or position in the room where possible.
- Please wear a cloth or surgical mask (not necessarily P2 or N95) if you intend to sing while playing! It reduces the risk to others around you (singing is a very contagious activity, it create aerosols). Looking like a gangster is very in these days! That is, when not singing on microphone, and if comfortable, we suggest you wear a mask. Homemade masks or scarves (like the gangsters of old) are fine. Remember, our perspective is to protect others. The ABC has recently published this report on choirs and aerosols. You need to be aware of the risks, and the means by which we can all reduce the risks of spreading infection.
- If you are singing lead on microphone it would help if you bring your own microphone. We will however, have some limited spares. We ask lead singers to nominate prior to the Bi-U.
- You need to bring your own prints outs (or device for digital versions) of the music. Each week we will put the repertoire for the coming sessions on the Bi-U pages. This should occur at least 24 hours prior to the session.
All of these conditions are to help us make it work – for you, and for us. We need to remain aware that we are still experiencing a pandemic, so we can’t get too relaxed. If it is successful we can continue on a weekly basis.
We are slightly reducing the time of each ukestra in order to be more compliant with contact tracing protocols (anything over two hour exposure to someone with COVID-19 is considered more risky than for under two hours). Hence each Bi-U is an hour and 45 minutes. What you do prior to, or after a Bi-U is your business.
Select your day and fill in the form to book in if this is your first time