All conference attendees, performers, presiders, presenters, and audience members must 1) show proof of vaccination against COVID or 2) show proof of a negative antigen test dated within 48 hours prior to their arrival on site. All attendees are asked to maintain 3 feet of social distancing throughout the event when possible.
Masking: All spectators, participants, volunteers, and anyone else in attendance must remain masked at all times when at our event unless actively eating, drinking, or playing a wind instrument. The mask must cover the wearer’s mouth and nose. Masks with valves, scarves, Gator masks, and bandanas are not acceptable forms of masking. Participants are responsible for bringing their own masks (bring more than one!). All wind instruments will be required to bring their own bell covers (flutes excluded). Wearing a mask is required regardless of whether you are indoors or outdoors. Wind musicians may only remove their mask when they are actively playing. Percussionists, string musicians, singers, and conductors will wear a mask throughout the event. Students will not be required to wear a mask while they are in their hotel rooms.
Cohorts: To the extent possible, All State students will be grouped in cohorts for rooming. A second cohort will be developed inside the ensemble for eating and traveling purposes. Seating charts for each ensemble will be determined prior to the start of the conference and students will remain in the same spot during all rehearsal blocks at 3 feet spacing. Any changes or alterations to the seating chart will take place outside or indoors when 6 feet of spacing can be maintained.
Hygiene: All participating students are encouraged to bring unscented hand and surface sanitizer for use by the student and on equipment. All attendees will practice common sense hygiene before and after eating, after using the restroom, and after any contact with others.
Symptomatic cases: If an attendee is exposed to COVID, begins feeling unwell or develops symptoms of illness, they should not attend the conference. If an attendee becomes ill or symptomatic during the conference, that individual will be isolated and arrangements will be made for that person to be collected and picked up by a parent or family member.
These precautionary measures are subject to change in response to the sometimes rapidly evolving circumstances. OMEA will continue to consult CDC, NFHS, OHA, and local health authorities. Please continue to read updates from OMEA as they are released.