No, singing in church, or any other group setting, is a high-risk activity. There was an outbreak of COVID-19 tied to a community chorus rehearsal, even though people were spaced 6 feet apart. How did this happen? Singing, yelling, and even talking loudly increases the number of airborne droplets you produce and makes them travel farther. Droplets are the main way that COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person. Singing is high risk for the congregation, choir/chorus, and solo vocalists. For the time being, vocal music should be pre-recorded.
What about humming, responsive readings, and collective prayers? The answers are less clear because we have very little data to guide us. Humming is likely the safest of these options because your mouth is closed the whole time. Collective prayer and responsive readings are riskier because droplets are also produced while speaking, and everyone would be speaking at the same time. It’s hard to evaluate this risk, but the most cautious thing would be not to engage in responsive readings or collective prayers.
Last update: June 10, 2020, 08:00 pm ET
Science review: BK, ERS