We are now working towards the re-opening of music retail in the UK. As well as the general hygiene of the store, retailers face the extra responsibility of ensuring that the instruments on sale are clean and safe for consumers…
To help retailers prepare for safe re-opening, we have created the following resources:
We held a well-attended Webinar with relevant industry experts to discuss getting ready to re-open the shops and you can watch it back here: www.youtube.com/watch?emb_logo
We have also published a useful checklist for shops to consider in getting ready to re-open and you can see it here: www.mia.org.uk/getting-ready-to-re-open-our-shops-a-useful-checklist As part of this checklist, we provided additional guidance for wind instrument hygiene, with thanks to MIA Members Denis Wick and BBICO.
The NAMM Foundation have also created guidelines for handling musical instruments during COVID-19: www.namm.org/covid-19/articles/covid-19-and-instrument-cleaning
The Government have also issued advice specifically for retailers on working safely during COVID-19 (this doesn’t include information on musical instrument hygiene): www.gov.uk/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches
Help from manufacturers and distributors:
We are calling out for instrument manufacturers and distributors to create videos which show retailers how to clean the products that they provide, to help support the shop staff and ensure the safety of customers.
If you are able to provide a video of yourself or a member of the team giving a demonstration, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first video will come from Denis Wick, so look out for it next week in MIAnews!