I'm seeing some threads and posts here and elsewhere about working musicians, cancelled shows, lost wages, financial help and options, precautions, and such due to the nasty virus. My heart goes out to all who are dealing with adverse realities and challenges during this extremely difficult time. I had to retire from live performance recently due to excessive nerve damage and other physical issues, and my finances have taken quite a hit from that, but I am still teaching music one day per week, and really need to retain what income from such that I possibly can. I haven't seen much online specifically about teaching situations and logistics; I haven't been around here as much lately - if there are threads here that I've overlooked, I'll be happy to participate in any that might be pointed out. For obvious reasons, I don't feel it best for my own livelihood, nor that of the school I teach for, to wallow around in the muck of public opinion at my personal social media page on this subject, so I thought it might be more practical, useful, and smart to inquire and discuss here. When I taught last Monday, the proverbial crap hadn't quite hit the fan just yet, but a degree of local chaos has ensued since. For the record, although hopefully to dissuade tangents hopelessly going sideways as to such, I personally have very much erred on the side of caution socially for the last four days, but have not participated in panic fests. I've had ongoing conversations with the owner of the music school, who is also a teacher there, over the past several days. He says that we've had some (hopefully temporary) cancellations and suspensions of lessons, and that it's gonna be a tough month, but that we are definitely up and running. In hopes of hopefully heading off the likelihood of going down a particular rabbit hole here - while I am not totally uninterested or averse to near-future prospects of some sort of online lessons that circumvent the need for personal interaction in a physical space, that is not at all what I am inquiring about here, at least for the short term - I am hoping that any discussion here will be limited to considerations within a brick & mortar, in-person lesson environment. So I am due to go back in on Monday, and that's where insight and opinions and experience from you folks would be welcomed and appreciated. I don't quite know what to expect regarding attendance just yet. Before things took a sharp downward turn over the past several days, I had about six and a half solid hours of teaching on the books with no breaks; surely that won't be the case on Monday. I don't know the actual dimensions of my teaching studio, off the top of my head; as teaching studios typically go, I'd say it leans toward the larger side, but is certainly not a large room. What sort of distance between myself and students? It would be logistically difficult to be, say, six feet away, and turn pages in their books and such, not to mention myself actually being able to see the music well enough with my ailing eyesight, although I would certainly have enough room within the physical space to create some distance if required. I have students from about age eight to folks in their 70s, and parents sometimes sit in on our lessons as well. All the teachers (many different instruments) close their studio doors for lessons, but, while I certainly wouldn't welcome the inevitable cacaphony, would it be better for the time being to operate with open doors as opposed to within completely enclosed spaces? (I've never put much thought into our ventilation, couldn't say much about it off the top of my head.) I always keep a big bottle of hand sanitizer in the room; should I have students (and myself) use sanitizer at the beginning and end of their lessons? Frequently wipe down chairs and what other surfaces with disinfectant? How about handling their books and instruments? I tune instruments for quite a few of the newbies. Should I just let them fend for themselves with tuning for now? Thin gloves on the hands for myself? Obviously anyone with any signs of illness is out, myself included of course. What else? Other precautions and stipulations and logistical considerations that I should pass along to students and parents, or think about for myself? Lest someone think I'm overthinking this (common gripe on social media currently, regarding the general subject, unfortunately, which I think is sheer lunacy), I am merely trying my very best to cover all bases and ensure protecting the health, well being, and confidence of both my clients and myself. Thanks in advance for reading, and especially for any participation in this thread. Your thoughts will be very much appreciated.