COVID-19: Advice for the musical instrument industry

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Musical instrument businesses across the country have questions in relation to the Coronavirus. The MIA has collated guidance from Public Health England, the Government and MIA Members and partners to help the industry deal with the outbreak…

First of all, here is a reminder of Public Health England (PHE) recommendations to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

The Government have also issued the following document: COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses. This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19 and what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings. If you are an employer, you should also read: Coronavirus – Key HR Considerations, and Coronavirus Q&A – Advice for UK Employers

For all Government advice, you can go to www.gov.uk/government/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

MIA Director, Stephen Wick, from Denis Wick Products, has put together some useful hygiene guidance which is specific to brass instruments:

  • Don’t share instruments
  • Maintain a good hygiene regime for instruments at all times
  • Clean brass instruments with warm, soapy water and an instrument brush (See Denis Wick trumpet brush here.) The brush MUST be used as it will dislodge any build-up of debris in the instrument. This will prevent any chance of re-infection or cross-contamination.
  • Mouthpiece hygiene is essential. Clean the mouthpiece with warm hot, soapy water and a mouthpiece brush. Do not use bleach or any sterilising fluid as this can damage the mouthpiece. A germicide spray, such as Sterisol, is fine, and good for use in a school or shop, but a good clean with washing-up liquid, hot water and a mouthpiece brush is just as effective in killing germs.

Instrument sanitiser spray is currently most difficult to obtain.

MIA member BBICO produce a specially formulated sanitiser spray for musical instruments. It can also be used as a hand sanitiser.

EdgwarebyBBICO Sanitiser Spray is a revolutionary 100% natural sanitiser that kills 99.99% of all germs in 12 seconds. The Sanitiser uses Hypochlorous Acid that is produced in the human body to fight bacteria and germs, providing its antibacterial properties. It is skin safe and can be safely used around the eyes, ears & mouth. It can be used by children without adult supervision, is alcohol, fragrances & harmful chemical free, as well as harmless if swallowed.

The retail price is £11.45 + VAT per 100 ml pump spray bottle. £13.74 including VAT + Carriage / Postage. Contact edgware@bbico.com for more details. More details on the full range can be found here: www.edgwarebybbico.com

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, MIA member Warwick Music Group thought it would be helpful to remind their customers and colleagues in the music industry of the cleaning instructions for their pInstruments. You can read the full blog here – blog.pbone.co.uk/top-tips-for-taking-care-of-your-pinstruments.  If you work at a school and do not have enough mouthpieces for every child to have their own, WMG will happily provide the extra that you need free of charge, just click here to get in touch.

Here is some general guidance for musical instrument shops, teaching facilities, or any organisation dealing with the public:

  • Provide alcohol based hand sanitisers for use for both staff and customers. Place them in convenient/accessible locations.
  • Clean commonly touched surfaces and objects such as till points, door knobs, electronics, surfaces, and of course, the toilets.
  • Thoroughly clean instruments as per their guidelines

We continue to monitor the situation, and we will of course keep you updated with any further guidance. We hope that this is useful in the meantime.