We are starting to get requests to play weddings and other events for next year, late spring and summer.
Never had to consider pandemic in contract. So we are thinking it should be better, or at least enough to do safely by then (if numbers are low).
However, was thinking it could be just as bad or a bit worse. So the issue would be disagreement of what is safe. We certainly don't want to feel stuck playing if we didn't think it safe. So don't have any idea how to put that in or what metrics to agree on?
Good question. I've no immediate suggestion, but my band was offered a gig in October and we collectively turned it down because the town is a hot spot in our state and we're not ready for that exposure risk.
I would think you need to write something in to an agreement, but I don't know the wording you should use. Try contacting some of the professional musicians on the FHO and BHO and see if they have any suggestions.
A friend just played solo viola for a wedding and posted a video. It appeared that he was well separated from the wedding party and guests. One approach could be to specify the conditions while reserving the right to cancel if safe conditions are not met.
We are putting it in the contract.
What I was more asking has to do with metrics related to lock down, number of cases locally... determining when is it safe to hold events, gatherings. If numbers are like current we probably wouldn't do it.
We are agreeing to playing based on assumptions numbers will have gone way down. (though will still likely be some active cases). But the assumption could be wrong, numbers could go back up.
So figuring out how to specify the metrics as to what is safe.
Edited by - alaskafiddler on 09/15/2020 23:00:34
Some info for what it's worth: Just played an outdoor wedding last weekend. Precautions were the following; masks were worn, social distancing with families in seating bubbles (no friends and family only invited). The wedding couple was 10' distance from the minister and the musicians performed at a distance of 10' from everybody. Meal was also social distanced and there was no dancing. People had traveled into Indiana from Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Felt safe.
In KY the standard (maybe everywhere else too???) is less than 5 % positive rate on tests in any local area. This, of course, doesn't really mean much, but I guess it's something to base a vague feeling of safety on.
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