I am concerned that NYSDOH did not take into account the study at the University of Colorado or the findings of the NYSSMA ad-hoc committee on the future of ensembles. I believe that at this point, there is no evidence that playing a wind instrument (with mitigation) or singing (with mitigation) is more dangerous than sitting in any other class. All of the studies that I have read suggest that six feet of social distance should be sufficient. NYSBDA intends to provide guidance that is consistent with current research, such as the University of Colorado coalition.
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