Rehearsals and two of our concerts this season will be at the Valley Forge Middle School, Tredyffrin/ Easttown School District (TESD). Effective August 16, 2021, TESD requires all those over the age of 2 to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, and to generally maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet. https://www.tesd.net/ domain/1939 This standard is consistent with the order of the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, effective September 7, 2021, and guidance from Chester and Montgomery Counties. See: https://www.montcopa.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3609; https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective and provide protection from severe disease even in older populations shown to be at higher risk of serious disease. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/work.html Maintaining minimum three-foot distances, and limiting the time of exposures to others is not entirely practical for rehearsing and performing. For these reasons, and for protection of musicians and audience members, their families, and the public at large, The Main Line Symphony is requiring vaccinations for all musicians, and to the extent possible, mask-wearing* while indoors at all MLSO venues (Valley Forge Middle School, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and Keneseth Israel Synagogue).
As the 2021-22 season unfolds, we will monitor the guidance from TESD and state, county, and federal authorities, update our COVID-19 protocols for rehearsals and performances, and post them on our website.
COVID-19 WARNING and WAIVER OF LIABILITY: There is a risk of COVID-19 exposure in any public place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that among adults, the risk of serious disease increases with age, and that those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. COVID-19 is a contagious, and evolving disease that can lead to severe illness and death.
Note to our MLSO audience/family. While the MLSO strives to provide a safe environment for you—by having all adhere to masking requirements, requiring vaccination of musicians and staff, limiting exposures by shortening programs and foregoing intermissions—the inherent risks of COVID-19 exposure cannot be eliminated. By attending a MLSO concert or participating in MLSO-related rehearsals or other activities, you voluntarily agree to assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold MLSO or any of its directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury that may result from such exposure to COVID-19, whether such exposure and resulting disease/injury occurred before, during, or after such participation. You may also be asked to sign a release and waiver of claims upon attending one of our concerts acknowledging your assumption of these risks.
*String and percussion players are expected to wear masks at all times while indoors. Brass and wind players will comply with this standard, but if necessary, may remove their masks during times they are actively playing, or preparing to play. See Section 3(G)(1) Acting Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Health Order Re Face Coverings in Schools. (Effective 9/7/21). While one of the pleasures of attending rehearsals, playing in our orchestra and attending concerts is socializing, we ask that MLSO members and audience members avoid congregating indoors even while wearing masks. We encourage socializing outdoors. We will use seating charts for orchestra rehearsals to allow for contact-tracing and to limit person-to-person contact.
School closing information is available on the district website, www.tesd.net or the T/E Information Hotline - (610) 240-1970