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.

Update 01 July 2021

As generally in Ireland, there continues to be a changing situation and inconsistency between the currently-available guidelines. The guidelines for participating in youth arts differ dependent on whether organisations are funded by government departments, whether staff are government employees or if ensemble work and music tuition is provided in the not-for-profit or private sectors.

A note in the Guidance for Youth Work Organisations says that “Ireland is considered to be under Level 3 restrictions, with adjustments” although the levels system does not seem to have been formally withdrawn or a level change publicly announced.

The Arts Council COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines for Young People, Children and Education have been updated as per 6th June to reflect the currently-advised restrictions. Further announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

Arts Council | COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines for Young People, Children and Education

Updated 06 June

The Arts Council has worked with the The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to develop guidance for children and young people’s arts and cultural activities. This guidance will continue to be updated in line with public health measures.

You can download The Arts Council’s COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines for Young People, Children and Education from The Arts Council website here.

Guidance for Youth Work Organisations

Updated 09 June 2021

This guidance is for organisations funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and affiliated organisations. These guidelines are also to be followed by ETB Schools of Music.

You can download the latest edition of the guidelines here.

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.

Return to School Guidance for Practical Subjects in Post-Primary Schools and Centres for Education

March 2021

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

01 July 2021

Please note that there are contradictions between currently applicable restrictions and the level system, which does not appear to have been formally withdrawn.

See the online version of the plan and information on current restrictions at

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.