Covid-19 Resources

This page is available to help youth orchestras and other youth and amateur ensembles begin in-person rehearsals in the coming months and will contain up-to-date information on protocols and restrictions and links to relevant documents and resources.

Covid-19 Rehearsal Numbers

For Republic of Ireland, we have sought clarification from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the numbers that can gather for rehearsals and performances. The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media confirmed on 28 September that the Guidelines for Youth Work Organisations linked to below are the relevant rules for youth arts.

Under Level 2, up to fifty people can gather indoors in a controlled space under a named event organiser. “Controlled space” means a risk assessment and mitigation strategies are in place for the rehearsal / performance space. A named organiser is the person or group that is organising the event – i.e. who is taking responsibility.

Under Level 3, gatherings for adults in community settings are cancelled: they are not allowed to take place. Structured activities for young people may still take place in groups of up to 15, including volunteers, and staff working with the young people. Groups may follow the Guidance for Youth Work Organisations linked below. Although not specifically written for musical groups, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have communicated that these are the rules that apply for young people’s activities.

The Return to School Guidance – Practical Subjects document applies to formal educational settings.

Online Workshop on Risk Assessments and Policies

This workshop was presented by Peter Jordan of Slua Event Safety Consultancy describing how to plan for and manage risk in relation to Covid-19. The document her prepared for the presentation is available below.

Risk Assessment Process

A pdf of the document used in the presentation describing risk and how to manage it is available for download here.

Risk Assessment Template

Following the workshop above, a risk assessment template for returning to rehearsals has been created by a number of IAYO members with the assistance of Peter Jordan. You can download an Excel file of the template here.

Our thanks to Katharine Mac Mághnuis of Athenry Music School and Wendy Arlow of Dublin Youth Orchestras for sharing their work on this document.

Guidance for Youth Work Organisations

Updated 27 October 2020

This guidance succeeds and replaces previous youth sector guidance and is prepared in the broader context of the Government’s Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-191,and the Return to Work Safely Protocol2. This guidance should be read in conjunction with those documents, and any future Government advice in relation to COVID-19.

It has been confirmed on 28 September by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media that this is the government advice that applies to youth arts activities.

Download the document here.

Return to School Guidance – Practical Subjects

25 August 2020

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance in relation to subjects that involve using equipment in order to support the safe implementation of the practical aspects of those subjects. This advice aligns with the public health advice provided by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) for the safe reopening of schools and educational facilities.

This advice relates specifically to Post-Primary Schools and Centres for Education and is not to be used for other settings.

Download the document here.

Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19

15 September 2020

Ireland is moving from a short-term emergency response approach to a medium-term approach to managing risk and repairing the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted on society. A Framework for Restrictive Measures has been developed to help us to go about our daily lives as much as possible, while managing the behaviour of the virus.

See the online version of the plan at gov.ie.

Return to Work Safely Protocol: COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers

09 May 2020

The Return to Work Safely Protocol is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace when the economy begins to slowly open up, following the temporary closure of most businesses during the worst phase of the current pandemic.

Download the document here.

Advice to Government in relation to realigning the Public Health Framework Approach to reducing restrictive measures into two final Phases

Return to Work Safely Protocol
COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers

18 June 2020

!! This document is now be out of date but the recommendations on music may still be helpful.

Page 7 of this document refers to recommendations on singing and the playing of brass instruments (presumably including woodwind). Read the document here.

Return to Work Safely Protocol: COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers

Covid-19 Induction for the Youth Sector

This induction training is provided by the National Youth Council of Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Create a free account and take the induction here.

Covid-19 Supporting Information for Youth Organisations

This is a written resource from the National Youth Council of Ireland for resuming work with young people. Download it here.