South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra Covid-19 Protocol

Vaccination is recommended to minimize the risk of becoming seriously ill if infected by the Covid-19
virus. Masks are encouraged at SSYO rehearsals.

The Board of the SSYO desires to create a safe environment for young musicians to continue to enjoy orchestra while minimizing the risk of covid-19 transmission to musicians, staff, and families. The risk of Covid-19 transmission is evolving. While the board will monitor public health recommendations (Saskatchewan Performing Arts Guidelines) and adjust the rehearsal protocol as needed, risk of Covid-19 cannot be completely eliminated.

Throughout the 2022/2023 Season:

  • Any musician that is unwell for any reason must not attend rehearsal. If any family members living in the same household are unwell the musician will not attend rehearsal.  
  • Musicians must bring only essential personal items, their instrument, stand and sheet music to rehearsal.  A personal drink bottle is permitted.  Instrument case and any other belongings will remain in their chair space throughout rehearsal.
  • Masks are encouraged at all times except when required for performing (e.g. wind instruments). Musicians will bring their own masks; a few will be available if any musicians forget to bring one.
  • Non-musicians will not be permitted to enter Knox unless they are involved in assisting with the set-up or storage of chairs or verification of declaration forms.  
  • Wind instruments will be used with a bell cover if appropriate. Refer to your music lesson instructor for guidance.
  • Air purifiers will be in operation during rehearsals.



Rehearsal set-up and take-down

One musician family will be designated each rehearsal to set-up and take-down all chairs and hand sanitizing stations. Set-up will be such that it ensures the 2m spacing requirement is observed with greater spacing for wind instruments. This family should arrive 15 minutes prior to rehearsal.



Musicians will arrive via the Victoria Street entrance and are encouraged to be wearing a mask.  The musician will then proceed directly to their chair/stand and set-up their instrument. They will then proceed to a hand sanitizing station located in several places around the rehearsal hall.