My wife keeps asking me if Carolyn and I are working to set up a schedule and start rehearsing again. She's ready to get out and do something . . . anything. I explain as best I can the reasons why we're not currently rehearsing, but those explanations always seem insufficient. Because they are.
We've all been inundated with information about Covid. There's how we're supposed to behave in daily life: Wear a mask; Social distance; Wash/Sanitize hands. And we're all doing that. But we've also heard the stories about choir participation gone bad during the Covid crisis. High percentages of singers getting sick after a rehearsal or performance. Some early reports gave unattainable goals for safe distancing: 20, 25, 27 feet between singers. Some later reports suggested that safe distancing for choirs could be about 10 feet. And, recently, some have reported no problems with regular rehearsal distancing. At least for now, the truth seems to be somewhere in the middle, or probably about 6-12 feet of distancing - and the wearing of masks.
Now, I know that some singers would resist wearing a mask any time and especially not during a rehearsal . . . or during a performance. But, as far as I'm concerning, having a rehearsal or watching a football game while wearing a mask is better than NOT having a rehearsal and NOT having a football game. But that's me.
Depending or what or how you use them, masks are hot and uncomfortable, ticklish and scratchy, chaffing and easy-to-forget. But, it seems that masks may be the path through which we can start to make a return to semi-normal; at least until there's an approved vaccine.
So, why don't we just schedule a rehearsal and require a mask, then query and check everybody's temperature as they arrive? We're not there yet. Carolyn and I can't take personal responsibility, the organization can't take the legal exposure, and many of our members are still reluctant to go into high-traffic situations. We're not there yet. So, when - because we're all ready to get out and do something - will we be there?
My explanations and answers are insufficient. We don't know. But what I do know is that there is a "normality" on the other side of this and, at some point, we'll realize that "normality."
So, let's hang in there. Maybe before the summer is over we can schedule a virtual rehearsal that will be awkward and musically inadequate, but will also be something. And, who knows, maybe "normality" will come to us sooner and later.