A Cappella Joy Chorus COVID-19 Guidelines - updated 10-17-2022

A Cappella Joy enthusiastically welcomes guests! We'd love to have you come sing with us!

We rehearse indoors in Bellevue, or outdoors in the summer, or sometimes on Zoom, depending on the needs of the chorus and the situation in the community. We livestream our rehearsals for singers at home.

All prospective guests need to have an introductory phone call with our membership chair, Sarah. You can email [email protected] to set up a call with her. Even if you are friends with an AJoy member, this phone call is an important step in keeping everyone in the community safe and healthy.

Here are our current COVID-19 guidelines:

As of November 11, 2022, A Cappella Joy’s COVID-19 policy is as below.  This may change as the current state of COVID-19 in our community and/or CDC guidelines change.

Household exposure to COVID-19 means: Someone in my household has COVID. I consider myself exposed even if the sick person is isolating in their own room. 

Non-household exposure includes:

1. I spent 15 minutes, unmasked, within 6 feet of someone who subsequently tested positive. This could be in a work meeting or at a restaurant or at my house or at quartet rehearsal.

2. I rode in a car for 15 minutes, unmasked, with windows closed, with someone who subsequently tested positive.

 The following things do NOT count as exposure:

1. Someone I talked to for ten minutes outside at a picnic now tests positive.

2. I traveled domestically recently and can’t be sure about the airport and the airplane.

3. Someone at my workplace has COVID but I wasn’t in contact with them directly.

4. I rode in a car with someone who now tests positive, but we were both masked and the windows were open.

5. My child had a close exposure at school, so we are monitoring my child, but my child is showing no signs of illness.

6. My spouse had a close exposure at work, so we are monitoring my spouse, but they are showing no signs of illness.

Gray area:

1. I just got home last night from a long international trip with lots of airports and airplanes and Ubers. In this case, please test Monday afternoon, and if negative, mask for rehearsal.

2. I just went to a high risk event (crowded indoor concert, several-day jam-packed indoor conference) and I had a blast! In this case, please test Monday afternoon, and if negative, mask for rehearsal.

3. When in doubt, check with Jane or anyone on the Tempo team.

Masked: if you need to mask due to an exposure, please wear an N95 or equivalent mask. Not a cloth mask or singers mask or regular surgical mask. This includes N95 (made in USA), KN95 (made in China), KF94 (made in Korea) and FFP2 (made in Europe.)

Bivalent COVID-19 booster: The bivalent COVID-19 vaccines include two parts, a component of the original virus strain to provide broad protection against COVID-19, and a component of the omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 to provide better protection against currently circulating strains. You are eligible for the bivalent booster 2 months after your most recent booster, or 3 months after having the illness COVID-19.

Here are the attendance guidelines:

1. Starting Monday October 17, our rehearsals at TBT will be mask-optional.

2. If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu or COVID-19, REGARDLESS OF TEST RESULTS, PLEASE STAY HOME. Take care of yourself.

3. If you have had a household exposure to COVID-19, please stay home, regardless of test results. Once the person who had COVID is healthy and tests negative, and it has been at least five days since your exposure, get tested with a home antigen kit or at a test center. If negative, you can attend rehearsal with a mask until it has been ten days after the exposure.

4. If you have had a non-household exposure to COVID and have no symptoms at all, and you test negative on Monday, you may attend rehearsal masked. You need to mask for five days after an exposure, even without symptoms.

5. We do not plan to segregate the masked from the unmasked singers at rehearsal. If you feel it is important for your safety, you can alert Nikki that you would like to stand nearer the back of the room, or the edge of the room, to avoid exposure by unmasked singers. Nikki may or may not be able to honor all requests but will do her best. 

Here are the vaccination guidelines:

1. We are following the CDC guidelines released 9-23-2022 stating that “fully vaccinated” means you have received the 2-dose primary series and 1 bivalent mRNA booster dose (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech). If you are not yet eligible for the bivalent booster dose, because it has been less than 2 months since your last booster dose, or it has been less than 3 months since you had the illness COVID-19, we expect you to get the vaccine when you are eligible. You do not need to mask until your bivalent booster.

2. We will require all guests to show proof of the bivalent booster. This may delay their guesting for some time until they can get the booster.

3. We ask that you show one of us (Tempo) your vaccine card, documenting your bivalent booster dose. We do not need to keep a record of your vaccine card.

Here are the reporting guidelines:

1. If you test positive for COVID, and you have attended rehearsal in the last two weeks, send an email to Jane. Even if you think it had nothing to do with AJoy. There is no shame or blame in this, and we are depending on your honesty. For the health and safety of all members, transparency and trust are crucial. We will need to inform the entire chorus that there has been a positive COVID exposure. With your permission, we would use your name in the notification. Each member can then decide their own next steps, as they assess their own risk