Dear Voices Rock Community:
After great consideration, Voices Rock has decided to temporarily suspend the spring session until it is clear that it would be safe, for all of our members, to resume gathering for rehearsals. Several of our rehearsal spaces are now prohibiting events or are uncertain of how much longer they will remain open to outside groups. Additionally, since the spread of the COVID-19 is changing rapidly, we feel confident that this is the most responsible decision we can make both as an organization and as members of a community at risk.
In making this difficult decision, we considered the following factors:
- Several of our rehearsal locations have suspended events or are highly uncertain about what their status will be in the upcoming weeks regarding group meetings.
- The sheer nature of what we do presents a potential health risk for our members and our staff. We sing side-by-side in closed in and public spaces where we do not control the sanitizing and therefore cannot guarantee the safety of our singers and staff.
- We know that COVID-19 is transmitted through respiratory droplets which are undoubtedly expelled when signing at our rehearsals.
- Finally, it has become clear that in addition to frequent hand washing, social distancing is the number one way to fight the spread of this virus.
NOW FOR THE PLAN!
We know you have all put great time, effort and resources towards this session. Our plan is to finish what we started. How can we not sing that Rocketman mash-up??? We fully intend to finish the second half of the session as soon as it’s clearly safe to do so and will be taking our direction from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the State of Colorado.
Please understand we do not take this decision lightly. However, we are choosing to follow the established guidelines regarding social distancing and large gatherings and know that by doing so, Voices Rock will contribute to the slowing of the spread of COVID-19.
We know this is a very difficult time for many and the uncertainty is highly stressful. We will keep you posted as we move through this unique situation. As always, Voices Rock will do everything we possibly can to find a way to come together. We know our community is an integral part of people’s lives and we are deeply saddened that we can’t be together right now. However, we know this will pass and we CAN’T WAIT to sing together again. We love you all and we will be in touch shortly and regularly during our hiatus. In the meantime, we would encourage anyone on Facebook to join our private member page so that we can stay connected and members can post any news they might have to share! https://www.facebook.com/groups/638791333260343/?source_id=1031783283579008
XO Jill, Betsy, and Anna