Following yesterday's message about the cancellation of all BHA regional barbershop events due to the risks involved with COVID-19, it is with great disappointment that I pass on the news that the Board of Barbershop Harmony New Zealand has no other choice but to cancel the upcoming Pan-Pacific Convention scheduled for September 2020, in the interests of public health and safety.
The Australian and New Zealand Governments have both tightened border controls. Everyone entering NZ in the forthcoming period must self-isolate for 14 days, and must self-isolate for a further 14 days upon return to Australia. As you can understand, it is not feasible to hold this event under these circumstances.
BHNZ has felt it important to act early, before bookings and travel arrangements were committed. We trust you understand the reasoning and we hope any personal inconvenience is minimised. Please pass this message on to all concerned.
In the meantime, one of the key tenets of the Australian strategy to minimise the spread of the coronavirus is to provide information to support best practice health care and to empower the community and responders to manage their own risk of exposure.
In this context, it is worth noting the following advice:
Singing has been identified as a high-risk activity as it relates to the spread of the virus from human to human.
This is due to the nature of singing whereby there is outward breathing and close contact to others.
The general age demographic of many members puts them in the target range for those most likely to be seriously affected by the virus.
While we recognise that this is each Club’s decision, we recommend that you cancel or postpone any performances, shows and rehearsals until public health officials indicate it is safe to resume normal activities.
Stay well - and let’s keep everyone safe.
Barbershop Harmony Australia