Updated December 2, 2020

COVID-19 cases are rising dramatically. Starting December 3: Multnomah County falls into the “Extreme Risk” category based on the Governor’s new health and safety framework. Many restrictions remain in place, but for now:

  • Indoor faith gatherings are restricted to max 25% capacity or 100 total (whichever is smaller), 150 outdoor

  • Indoor and outdoor social and at-home gatherings will continue to be restricted to 6 people max, with a recommended limit of 2 households

Get guidance on activities under the new framework.

Music is essential for our wellbeing and helps us cope through difficult times. Right now, we must be careful when practicing or performing around others. Whether you create music for work, worship, or fun, follow these guidelines to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19.

With COVID-19 in our midst, singing or playing certain instruments with others is risky: Teen girl playing guitar with friends via teleconferencing

If you choose to sing or play music in a group, follow these requirements and recommendations to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19:


  • Masks or face coverings are required while singing or playing an instrument in public. 

    • Exception: Masks or face coverings are not required for individuals playing a woodwind or brass instrument.

  • Masks or face coverings are also required indoors in public spaces and outdoors if at least six (6) feet of physical distance cannot be maintained (OHA 2299K).

  • Follow statewide reopening guidance for gatherings and indoor social get-togethers.


  • Sing outdoors. 

  • Play brass and wind instruments outdoors. Wear a face covering designed to be worn while playing. Cover your instrument to keep respiratory droplets from spreading. Empty spit valves in the trash or onto a towel that only you will touch. 

  • Wear a mask or face covering that fits snugly against the sides of the face, with no gaps. Face shields are not a replacement for face coverings. If you wear a face shield, wear a tight-fitting mask underneath. Don’t wear masks with exhalation valves or vents. These can let germs out and spread COVID-19 to others.

  • Keep as much space as possible between singers, musicians, and audience members. Six (6) feet is the minimum. If people are singing or playing brass or wind instruments, more than 6 feet of space is best. 

  • If indoors, open windows and increase ventilation. 

  • Use amplification to reduce the need to project.

  • Don’t use shared microphones. Disinfect microphones after each use. 

  • Don’t share instruments.

Alternatives for musicians and performers:

  • Consider canceling choir and band performances, or

  • Have remote rehearsals and performances, or

  • Reduce the number of singers and performers and follow the requirements and recommendations above.

For venues or businesses hosting musical performances:

  • Make sure performers follow the requirements and recommendations above.

  • The use of karaoke machines is prohibited.