Taking it outside...
Following is a message I sent to the parents of the Young Musicians I teach:
Listening to the radio this morning, having coffee with Linda and looking outside I started thinking about the Young Musicians. As the weather improves we could have some outdoor lessons. Stands at least six feet apart, clothes-pins to keep books open and pages down, and highly weather dependent (rain and high winds would make it impossible) and we would maintain a no-touch (tune your own instrument) policy. It would be in public but it could work and being outside with a breeze the potential for any transmission of viral particles is so slight as to be insignificant.
Think about it, discuss the idea, and let me know what you think.
FWIW: I live in a suburban community single family houses and very little foot traffic so there aren't a lot of people out-and-about.
I like the idea. The studio I work for was getting things set up so this would be possible, even cutting plexi glass to cover the music on the stand to protect from wind. I had one lesson with a 7 year old, it worked really well and we both enjoyed it. Right after that one lesson, though, our stay at home order was issued and all my students moved to Skype. I personally like the idea and would continue with it once it's allowed in our area.
That still wouldn't be legal here in Illinois, but I think it is a great idea once shelter-in-place orders are lifted.
I think a lot of states still have orders prohibiting any non-life sustaining activities.
As long as stay-at-home-except-essential orders are in effect, I wouldn't do it. When(!) those restrictions start being loosened, I assume it wouldn't be everything at once, free-for-all, so it's hard to say without knowing exactly what's being lifted. My current measure is if children aren't supposed to be in their day schools, they shouldn't be meeting for violin either. Once "summer break" hits (mid/late June), the decision will have to be made based on something else.
My neighbors (across the street) proposed an interesting idea that seems legal. We would rehearse trios at the end of our driveway (using an extension cord to power up my digital stage piano) and, they would sit in chairs at the end of their driveway and drink wine.
HVAC-borne transmission is usually associated with legionnaires disease, but the concept certainly extends to anything that is transmitted through aerosols. One thing to remember is that not all restaurant ACs are created equal. And the kind of AC that is used in an office building in downtown Atlanta or a university academic building is not the same as the kind that is used in a 50-seat restaurant. The filtration, condensing, heat-transfer, and air-handling units are different in engineering, not just in scale.
Business Insider! Ranks right up there with JAMA. (Sorry, that was a cheap shot.) I skimmed the original article and noted that it's a very limited study. Also, the diagram showing the tables in the restaurant that were affected suggested to me that they might also have been served by the same wait staff and the same dim sum cart. "Smear samples from the air conditioner were all nucleotide negative." One wonders if a restaurant has a fan blowing over an infected person or any other device that creates airflow, whether anyone downwind of an infected person would be at risk. Likewise it seems to me that the "six foot rule" only works if there's no wind.
I chat with my neighbors from a suitable distance away and at least one has had friends over, socializing from the front stoop and the sidewalk. What would be the social difference of having one student plus the accompanying parent on my driveway? Nothing really, except that I have more than one and couldn't have a stream (well, trickle) of them throughout the day/week.
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