Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle

Safe-Singing Guidelines

Safe-Singing Guidelines

Columbia Choirs is dedicated to the continued physical, mental, and emotional health of our members and community. The following safety protocols are established for the protection of all singers, staff, and guests. We will continue to monitor and follow local and state public health and CDC guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In-Person Safety Guidelines 


Current Masking Protocol = Masks Optional

Masking protocol may fluctuate throughout the season, dependent on CDC Community Levels for King County (with continual monitoring and communication). The masking protocol will shift according to each level as written below:

  • When King County Community Level is LOW, masks will be optional.
  • When King County Community Level is MEDIUM, masks will be encouraged.
  • When King County Community Level is HIGH, masks will be required.

A singer’s mask, N95 or K95 is recommended. If Community Level moves to High, and masks are required, all participants will be required to use a singer’s mask, N95 or KN95 mask. 

Masks are optional for singers and staff when outdoors and spaced. 

Air Exchanges & Ventilation

All rehearsal venues have up-to-date high ventilation systems that meet or exceed CDC-recommended air exchange rates. Regular breaks will be taken throughout rehearsals to promote proper air exchange. Doors and windows will be kept open as much as possible to allow for appropriate air flow (depending on the venue). Singing activity may be held outdoors, weather and venue permitting.

Close Contact / Positive Case Protocol

It is important for participants to not attend rehearsals, retreats, or performances if they are feeling sick, if they have tested positive for COVID-19, or in some cases if they have been notified of a close contact with a positive case. Please refer to the following document for protocol in each of these scenarios.