March 12, 2020
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and several impactful actions were taken across the country in favor of social distancing. In light of these new developments, Chicago Children’s Choir will move forward with new efforts to do our part in preventing spread of COVID-19.
Effective immediately, Chicago Children’s Choir will cancel all choir activities until further notice. This includes neighborhood choirs, DiMension, Voice of Chicago rehearsals, performances and workshops as of Thursday, March 12. Our singers join together from many schools and communities, and we hope this break will add to the efforts of preventing community spread of COVID-19. Additionally, due to the heightened concerns raised about travel, we will be cancelling all tours.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation to determine the best time to resume programming. It is our hope that with quick community action, we can help to be a small part of the solution to this global problem. Below is a statement and a few recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Current information suggests that person-to-person spread will continue to occur and more cases will be identified in the US and in Chicago. CDPH’s goal is to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in Chicago by detecting new cases quickly, minimizing transmission and developing guidance to prepare communities to respond. The virus seems to be spreading easily from person to person and we encourage everyone to take measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.
- Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID19.
- Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. They should limit travel and should not attend large gatherings unless it is essential.
- Help reduce the spread of rumors. Let people know that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds. Being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
- Fight stigma and fear by supporting people who may be coming back to school or work after traveling internationally or completing a quarantine or isolation period for COVID-19.
We encourage our families to continue to keep the mission of CCC at heart and support each other through this trying time.