COVID-19 Protocol Information
At each meeting over the past year, the Board discussed the WWCS COVID protocol. Numerous considerations and much deliberation transpired with the primary concern being our singing members and the overall direction of the organization. Now, the Board is once again tasked with reviewing current factors and debating how to move forward in the most broadly proactive way.
It is evident that the local WW Valley pandemic has changed a great deal as the virus itself has mutated to become less virulent and the overall incidence of COVID is much lower. Governing bodies have lifted most mask mandates and eased social gathering restrictions. As a result, the Board determined the following: COVID will most likely not be going away; there has been enough time for those who choose to be vaccinated to get vaccinated to their own level of choice; public sentiment regarding stringent restrictions against those who have chosen not to receive the vaccine has, for the most part, softened in the Valley (witness the number of masks being worn in public places both inside and out); personal choice to continue to wear masks has been accepted universally; and the effect of herd immunity may have increased due to those who did contract the illness and recovered.
All of these factors led to the following new WWCS COVID-19 Protocol, effective immediately, which was unanimously approved by the entire Board:
The Walla Walla Choral Society will no longer require members to provide proof of COVID vaccination in order to participate in rehearsing, performing or otherwise participating in any and all WWCS activities. The Board strongly recommends that all those associated with singing, meeting with or musically performing in the WWCS, receive a full complement of COVID vaccines and boosters. It further recommends that those who feel comfortable wearing masks during rehearsals and performances should do so. We will also continue to follow all Washington State and Walla Walla County Department of Community Health mandates if and when they are imposed.
The Board will continue to promote measures to reduce infectious illness including singer spacing at rehearsals and requiring those not feeling well, regardless of type of illness, to please refrain from rehearsing, performing, or being involved in other personal contact until you are well again. Home COVID tests are recommended when in doubt.