COVID-19 Precautions, Protocols, and Etiquette
Updated: February 1, 2021
Effective June 25, 2020, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador moved to Alert Level 2. On August 24, 2020, indoor gatherings up to a maximum of 100 people without COVID-19 symptoms are permitted.
Here are some precautions, protocols, and etiquette considerations that have been adopted by Musubi Drum Circles (MDC) to host drum circles in light of the current pandemic.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please do not attend MDC hosted rhythm events during the pandemic:
- Severe difficulty breathing (e.g. struggling to breathe or speaking in single words)
- Severe chest pain
- Having a very hard time waking up
- Feeling confused
- Losing consciousness
Please Note: As of November 25, 2020, if you have returned from travel outside of Newfoundland and Labrador (even within the Atlantic Bubble), you are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Participants are required to maintain a social distance of two meters (six feet) apart.
Instruments and Instrument Hygiene
All of Musubi Drum Circles instrument inventory has been realigned to only include
instruments that can be sanitized pre-engagements. In particular, MDC has moved to
drums that incorporate synthetic materials that can be more easily cleaned.
Participants will be required to stay with the instruments initially selected. At the beginning of each drum circle, each participate will be invited to select a drum and/or a light percussion instrument. There will be no instrument sharing, swapping, or exchanging during the drum circle.
If you bring your own instruments, please do not share them outside your bubble (family).
- Hand sanitizer will be available and participants are encouraged to clean their hands prior to joining and to leaving the drum circle.
- Sharing food and refreshments is not recommended.
- People must practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette (i.e. coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and not in the direction of the other drum circle participants).
Other Considerations For Rhythm Events
For general drum circle etiquette, please see Arthur Hull’s “The Unwritten Rules Of Drum
Circle Etiquette” (2011) at:
Finally, Musubi Drum Circles maintains a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that may be helpful to first-time participants.