Corona Virus Safety Measures

I guess we’re all somewhat worried about the Corona Virus (Covid-19) outbreak. Having performed over 500 shows at care homes in both London UK and Los Angeles USA, I have no doubt of the benefits of these shows – the sense of involment, attention, human warmth and of course the sheer pleasure in the music experienced by the audience. But I would be mortified to think that the shows would jeopardize the health of anyone! I myself am a bone marrow transplant survivor (at the City of Hope, Los Angeles, 2013) and still take immunosuppressants, and have been taking reasonable steps to manage infection risk generally, so I am not new to these concerns! During these shows I have quite frequently held hands and ‘shared a microphone’ with audience members, a warm, involving, friendly and enjoyable thing to do, but in the current situation this will stop.

I have developed a hygiene protocol based on NHS, World Health Organization and UK Government recommendations, adapted to the specifics of my shows…

Hygiene Protocol During Corona Virus (Covid-19) Outbreak
In Operation from March 1st 2020 (last updated March 4th)

  1. Arrive at the facility equipped with tissues, antiseptic wipes and alcohol-based sanitizer*
  2. Wash hands for 20+ seconds upon arrival at the facility (method as per NHS guidelines)
  3. No handshakes, handholding, hugging, air kissing etc throughout my time in the facility
  4. Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between myself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  5. Cover my mouth and nose with a tissue, or if not possible my bent elbow if I cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  6. Use the alcohol-based sanitizer in the event of any accidental handshakes or contamination of hands etc
  7. Wipe down frequently touched areas of equipment – microphone, guitar, harmonicas etc before the show starts
  8. Briefly explain relevant hygiene measures to audience at start of show
  9. Wipe harmonica and mouth after each use of harmonica
  10. Wipe down frequently touched areas of equipment – microphone, guitar, harmonicas etc at the end of the show
  11. Wash hands for 20+ seconds before leaving the facility (method as per NHS guidelines)

*with the panic-buying going on at the moment, it may be that I have to substitute ‘next best’ sanitizer

I hope we can continue to work together to bring some joy in these difficult times… Thank you for inviting me into your care home!

Warm Best Wishes – Peter

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