Communal singing at weddings, funerals and church services may be temporarily banned due to COVID-19 as suggested by the NSW Government, but Karaoke in clubs and pubs has been given the green light with the implementation of COVID-19 safety rules.
Macquarie Club Dubbo secretary manager Eloise Downey said karaoke has been allowed in pubs and clubs for a few weeks now, but with the requirement of implemented COVID-19 safety measures.
"We have a pretty happy crowd that come to the club, it's been good," Miss Downey said.
When singing, everyone is seated and the person singing needs to be three metres away from the crowd. The microphone is also cleaned between each use.Eloise Downey
"But we have reinforced a few extra rules. We aren't hosting any Karaoke competitions at the moment, however karaoke itself is back and running. Dancing is not permitted and patrons must stay seated at all times.
"When singing, everyone is seated and the person singing needs to be three metres away from the crowd.
"The microphone is also cleaned between each use.
"We've just been going that extra mile to stay COVID-safe."
Dubbo Karaoke is back to hosting its Friday and Saturday night gigs after being in hibernation for more than four months due to the pandemic.
The NSW Government announced 'communal singing and chanting should not occur because of the high risk of transmission of coronavirus.'
But, this is avoidable for the Dubbo Karaoke group as the required safety measures can easily be implemented in sessions, including having only onesinger at a time and the sanitisation of microphones.
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Dubbo Karaoke Group will be at the Macquarie Club Dubbo every Friday from 8.30pm.
The group also runs on Saturday nights at the Devil's Hollow.
Those who participate will also be required to sign in for documentation purposes.