We have been effectively shut down by the directives of our governor. We aren’t the only ones. Basically every arts group has had major interruptions to their routines. The challenge now is to figure out how to come back after the crisis is over. Being a choir, we are further challenged by the fact that singing is perhaps the one activity that can spread a virus faster than the cars at the Indianapolis Speedway! Singing turns people into large aerosol containers and causes an easier and faster transmission of the the virus. There is a story of a choir that had a rehearsal last month. They took precautions like hand sanitizer and increased distance between singers, but they overlooked what singing can do. Of the 60 singers at the rehearsal, 45 now have the symptoms and/or virus and a few of those folks died. That’s a pretty sobering statistic. I suppose we can wear masks to knock down the chance of transmitting the virus, but we cannot eliminate it totally. So how do we restart? Given the challenges of delayed symptoms and a lack of testing, we cannot be certain we are all healthy. That leaves one alternative: Remain shutdown. For now, the government directives have us covered for another month. After that? No one knows for sure. The directives may be extended for another week or another month. We will cross that bridge when we get to it. Until then, please, stay home, stay isolated, and stay alive. We will get through this. It’s just a matter of time.

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