Handbell Industry Council (HIC) was approached by Malmark calling for research and then to issue a document regarding ringing safely in COVID-19 times. Information from several panel discussions that have discussed what group singing will/will not be in the future was provided. It was sobering.
Additional comments from Malmark:
- We can ring while wearing a mask.
- Ringers may be separated by six feet.
- Gloves and table coverings can be washed after every rehearsal.
- Performance many not be possible for now but preparation of music can be accomplished along with the many social and emotional benefits.
- Nylon handles of handbells, mallet shafts and handchime tube may be disinfected with a disposable wipe after rehearsal.
HIC has compiled several documents that can serve as a guideline to churches, schools, and ringing ensembles when they are ready to ring again.
- QUICK GUIDE
- HANDBELLS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC – Linnette Rodriguez-Figueroa, PhD
- A DIRECTOR’S PERSPECTIVE – Amy Maakestad
- RESOURCES FOR RINGING – Sondra Tucker
It is hoped these guidelines will encourage ringers and directors to reach out and provide an alternative to the singing community. Let’s get those bells out of the closets.