Tufts University Policy on Singing and the Playing of Brass and Wind Instruments
Posted: September 4, 2020
Updated: October 13, 2020
Tufts University has taken extraordinary actions and adopted new policies to allow our campuses to safely reopen this fall and to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 within our community and within our host communities.
Some of these policies come with great sacrifices on the part of students, faculty, and staff. We recognize the hardships some of these policies may cause but believe they are necessary to safeguard public health and to give us the opportunity to offer an in-person experience.
One of the many policies we are implementing in response to COVID-19 is the policy related to the singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments.
Current scientific evidence strongly indicates that singing or the playing of brass and wind instruments generates aerosolized particles that can remain in the air for a very long period of time and can transmit coronavirus to others. For this reason, we are asking all students to follow these guidelines until further notice:
- No signing or brass and wind instrument playing on-campus except for students pursuing a degree in music (majors, minors, graduate students, and joint Tufts-New England Conservatory of Music students) who may practice in spaces that we are providing in the mods. Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments is not permitted in any residence hall – this applies to any room type (single, double, or triple).
- Off-campus singing and playing of brass and wind instruments can only be done in a single room.
- Students who have access to a single off-campus room where practicing can be done safely can do so with the following precautions:
- They must take steps to minimize possible exposures to aerosols to others.
- This includes practice in a room alone, with the door closed and window open, if weather permits.
- Once practice is completed, the room should remain unused for two hours to allow aerosols to dissipate.
Information and public health guidance on COVID-19 is changing and evolving rapidly and we will review and revise this policy as we learn more. If this affects you in an academic capacity, we ask that you consult your advising dean. We are using our best judgment in collaboration with medical and public health experts and will continue to assess this specific issue in the months to come.