No kidding: compulsory face masks for all brass musicians in Austria

For two months there has been an absolute silence among the brass musicians – no rehearsals, no club activities and no concerts. The 391 bands with their 19,172 actively registered musicians are slowly but surely becoming impatient. This is confirmed by association president Erich Riegler:”The situation is bleak, there is no solution to this problem. And the Styrian emphasizes: “Especially in the summer months, our music bands are an important figurehead for social, touristic and socio-political tasks”. Therefore Riegler demands: “In the gradual restart of cultural activities, the cultural asset of brass music must also be considered and defined accordingly”. So far there has been no information for those involved. When asked at the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, the following answer is given: “According to the Covid-19 lifting regulation, there is an upper limit of ten persons for rehearsals as well as for concerts, the one-meter distance and a mechanical protection device covering the mouth and nose area must be worn”.”A face mask for brass musicians – that’s a joke, isn’t it?”, Werner Gollenz from the music association Grazer Linien is stunned. The bandleader is bothered by further worries: “The musicians’ motivation is decreasing from day to day.

“A face mask for brass musicians – that’s a joke, isn’t it?”, Werner Gollenz from the music association Grazer Linien is stunned. The bandleader is bothered by further worries: “The musicians’ motivation is decreasing from day to day. What should they practice for? We don’t even know if we can play any concerts in autumn.

The face mask regulation is valid until June 30th. Required are permitted group reharsals or rehearsals in large halls.

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