A new set of social distancing guidelines was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health stating that you can have your small social gatherings (of up to three households gathering in an outdoor location while social distancing), but be mindful of...singing.

Singing, chanting, and other physical exertion greatly increases the risk of transmitting COVID-19 since your little spit droplets are more likely to fly through the air at your friends if you're all joyously singing together.

These are, of course, recommendations, and not rules (the government cannot legally arrest you for belting out show tunes on your friend's patio), and if you do choose to sing, the governor's office has some musical safety tips.

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All people who are singing or chanting should wear a face covering at all times while singing or chanting, including anyone who is leading a song or chant.

California Department of Public Health

If you're going to sing (or chant or shout), it is advised that you do so "beyond six feet" apart.

While belting out your tunes, the guidelines also say you should wear your face mask.

As for singing and chanting? Keep it as quiet as possible — or at least at the volume of "a normal speaking voice."

These new suggestions extend to musical instruments, as well — musicians playing together must be from three households only and maintain six feet of distance between one another.

And sorry, wind instrument fans. Those are specifically discouraged since they involve using your mouth — so you might have to put off dusting off your clarinet and unleashing your inner Squidward for now.

 
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