Orvieto Musica 2021 and COVID-19
While the world’s population continues to navigate these unprecedented times, we are making plans for a festival in 2021. We are hopeful and optimistic about sharing music with our Orvietani friends, and we are also cautious. Our fundamental concerns remain the health, safety and well-being of our participants, faculty and staff. We continue to watch recommendations from the US State Department, the CDC, the WHO, and other local agencies. We will post up-to-date information below about our COVID contingencies.
International COVID-19 update (March 1, 2021): We are in touch with our friends in Orvieto and know that the COVID positivity rate is stabilized but is not yet on a sustained decline. The Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines are all being administered in Orvieto (and in Umbria, generally.) We are happy to know this and will, of course, continue to monitor the situation both in Italy and, more specifically, in Orvieto.
We are particularly happy to hear that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has just been approved for use in the U.S. We hope that the availability of this third vaccine will speed the dissemination of vaccinations throughout the U.S. and among citizens of different age groups this Spring.
Update (March 1, 20201): Although the U.S. is currently experiencing a substantive drop in the COVID-19 positivity rate, which is very good news, we are also tracking information about coronavirus variants. We continue to be hopeful, however, that the wide dissemination of vaccinations in the next month to six weeks, and the coming of Spring will help the U.S. combat the possible effects of variant virus strains and make international travel safe and possible. We are receiving applications from interested musicians and are moving forward with acceptances, as warranted. We will, of course, stay closely in touch with everyone: applicants, participants, and family members, during the coming months as more information becomes available.
Travel to Italy (March 1, 2021): As of today, the European Union ban on travel to Italy by American citizens remains in place, however. If and when the travel ban is lifted, we may be able to offer a group travel option so that participants who wish to can fly to Rome as a group on one flight. More information on this will be made available as we have it. We will also be providing ground transportation from Fiumicino which will keep traveler time spent in the airport to a minimum.
We do know that some OM 2021 participants are already arranging for their air travel for this summer. We strongly urge anyone who is purchasing airfare to purchase “travel insurance” and/or to be sure that they will be able to receive a full refund of any monies spent should they need to cancel their travel plans.
We are regularly in touch with the Mayor’s Office of Orvieto and know that they are also doing all that they can now to plan for, and provide, a safe and healthy environment for both tourists and visiting artists.
Performances and rehearsals: We are planning for some rehearsals to be held outdoors in Orvieto and others to be indoors with social distancing and open windows. Some performances will also be held outdoors and others in large performance spaces such as the Teatro Mancinelli.
Housing: We will offer the option of single rooms (for an extra fee) or rooms in apartments.
Meals: Meal vouchers will be provided for restaurants where seating can be accommodated outdoors.