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Lakeside Pride is thrilled to welcome our members back to in-person rehearsals, performances, and social activities! However, the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and its surging variants continue to threaten our community. Thus, in order to protect our organization, the Lakeside Pride Board of Directors has determined it to be necessary to take extra precautions.

The Board of Directors has determined the best way to protect our membership is requiring proof of vaccination for the 2021-2022 Season.  Starting on August 9, all Band personnel are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in any in-person Band activity (indoor AND outdoor). 

A person is considered “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 14 days after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or 14 days after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

Lakeside Pride Leadership will maintain a record  attendance at each rehearsal, and reference a list of the full membership to verify whether individuals have been vaccinated. We only require a single in-person view of an individual’s vaccine card, thus avoiding any document storage out of privacy concerns. Once verified, Leadership will check off the individual’s name, clearing them for the entirety of the season. 

Lakeside Pride is required to follow federal law exempting those whose strongly held religious beliefs or medical conditions prevent them from being vaccinated. If an individual falls under one of these exceptions, we will require them to provide a negative PCR test taken within 3 days  prior to arrival to each in-person activity.

Lakeside Pride is committed to the well-being of its members, volunteers, and audiences. With the goal of reducing the risk of COVID infection, the Board has reviewed the most reliable information available from the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Illinois, and the City of Chicago to develop the policies and procedures within this document.

Below are guidelines the Board has approved to ensure our members can return to playing in a safe, controlled environment: 

  1. Rehearse at your own discretion/risk, and only if you feel comfortable doing so. Lakeside Pride will not be held liable for any illness contracted from a Lakeside Pride rehearsal or event. 
  2. To keep each member of our organization safe, we require our members to be vaccinated. For information on how to get a vaccine, visit the CDC’s Vaccine Site at www.vaccines.gov.
  3. We must and will follow current federal, state, and city guidelines on the number of people permitted in a room. 
  4. Lakeside Pride will defer to the safety restrictions of our rehearsal and performance venues. Members must follow these requirements in addition to those set by the Board of Directors, or will be unable to participate in these spaces until the requirements are met.
  5. If your ensemble can rehearse outdoors, please do so. 
  6. Masks are encouraged when arriving and departing rehearsal, and anytime you’re not playing your instrument. If you can wear a mask while rehearsing, please do so.
  7. If you answer yes to any of the following questions or do not feel well, do not come to rehearsal: 
    • Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 10 days, including fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing?
    • Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days?
    • In the last 10 days have you, or someone you have been in close contact with, been in an area that is currently under a shelter-in-place order, experiencing a severe spike in infections, or under a US travel ban restriction?
    • In the last 10 days, have you been in a high risk environment, such as a large group gathering or an enclosed space with multiple people, or an airplane?
  8. Please continue to adhere to common sense hygiene practices, including regular handwashing. 
  9. All ensemble leaders are required to take attendance at each rehearsal. Attendance will be tracked and must be submitted within 24 hours of a rehearsal. Attendance registers  will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing should an outbreak occur. 
  10. If a member contracts the coronavirus and has recently participated in a rehearsal, the following rehearsals for that ensemble will be canceled for a minimum of 10 days to allow for participants to be tested and recover. For contact tracing, anonymous notifications will be sent to members and the Board for transparency and safety measures.

If the State of Illinois and/or the City of Chicago moves back to Phase 3, we will return to shutting down all rehearsals and events.

If you have any questions, please email info@lakesidepride.org.