Air blown into woodwind instruments follows a relatively short and direct path through the instrument. As such, respiratory droplets can be ejected from the instrument. Brass instruments require blown air to follow a more convoluted path, which reduces the risk of ejecting droplets. However, moisture accumulates in the instrument and can be manually ejected through the water key or spit valve, which can create droplets.
Musicians, regardless of the type of instrument, must remain two metres from each other. For woodwind and brass instruments, this distance should be measured from the end of the instrument.
- Instruments, drum sticks/mallets, music stands and other items must not be shared between participants, unless cleaned and disinfected between uses. Items that can't be disinfected (e.g. sheet music) must not be shared.
- Instruments should be cleaned and maintained at home or off site. A designated area can be established where onsite cleaning or maintenance is absolutely necessary; however, the area must be used individually and cleaned/disinfected after each use.
- While 70 per cent isopropyl alcohol can often be used for disinfecting instruments, musicians should consult manufacturers or other professionals to ensure they aren't damaged.
- The conductor should maintain a minimum distance of four metres from performers.