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
THE USE OF NON-MEDICAL MASKS (FABRIC MASKS) DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC by Linnette Rodríguez-Figueroa, PhD
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.