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    Default Elephant in the room

    I'm not normally pessimistic, but has anyone considered this:
    Live performances of small groups of artists will eventually resume, maybe with screens, well-ventilated stages, etc.
    But is there a possibility that the ukulele group get-together that we know and love (and I do not mean on Zoom, thank you) may NEVER happen again?

    It's not something that I'm sure anyone here wants to think about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StigW View Post
    I'm not normally pessimistic, but has anyone considered this:
    Live performances of small groups of artists will eventually resume, maybe with screens, well-ventilated stages, etc.
    But is there a possibility that the ukulele group get-together that we know and love (and I do not mean on Zoom, thank you) may NEVER happen again?

    It's not something that I'm sure anyone here wants to think about.
    No. You're just being pessimistic. Here in the U.S. we blew it. There's a second wave of virus. This too shall pass...eventually. And then we'll all resume where we left off. In the meantime try to find silver-linings wherever they occur. Use the time to build up your skills. Or I am enjoying the financial savings. You save 20% on food whenever you take-out some comestibles from your favorite restaurant because you don't have to tip.

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    There is no second wave, just one long drawn out pandemic until there is no pandemic.

    I see ukulele groups starting to meet up again. The ones I see are meeting at outside venues and practicing recommended safe distance guidelines. Mask wearing is happening at these group meeting as well.

    I don't know what will happen when the weather turns again as to inside group meets.

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    My local group just announced an outdoor jam in a couple of weeks, social distancing is encouraged, but masks seem to be optional. That's enough for me to say thanks, but no thanks. I'm older than dirt but that doesn't mean I want to be dumped in a hole and covered with dirt.
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    I think the answer depends on what part of the country you live in. I'm in Connecticut and hospitalizations continue to decline. Almost everyone is doing what's needed to get past this. It's very rare to see someone in a market or store without a mask. In particular our governor has done an amazing job of navigating this crisis. I didn't vote for him but he's got my vote next election.
    My godson and his wife relocated to Phoenix last fall. I facetimed with him a couple of weeks ago. He said that bars/restaurants with outdoor patios are packed shoulder to shoulder. I also have a former high school teacher in Florida who says pretty much the same thing.
    My wife and I were kidding about moving to New Zealand! It seems like they really handled this whole pandemic the right way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StigW View Post
    I'm not normally pessimistic, but has anyone considered this:
    Live performances of small groups of artists will eventually resume, maybe with screens, well-ventilated stages, etc.
    But is there a possibility that the ukulele group get-together that we know and love (and I do not mean on Zoom, thank you) may NEVER happen again?

    It's not something that I'm sure anyone here wants to think about.
    It is only a matter of time before this virus goes the way of others and stops being an obstacle to normal life but how much time is the big question and one to which I doubt that there is one all encompassing answer.

    Like in the USA and elsewhere here in the U.K. the spread of the virus is very variable as is how people are treating it: some people are simply way more responsible than others. From a personal perspective I’m fed up with being restrained but at the same time know that I must continue to social distance and generally act in a responsible way. As such indoor Ukulele meetings ain’t going to be happening for me for many months and possibly not until some time next year. However I play my Uke most days and so maintain skills and familiarity with music, the time can be put to good use.

    As you Americans say: ‘When you’re given Lemons then make Lemonade’. I think that a lot of folk are making the best of their time at home, it isn’t necessarily easy to work with what you’re given but some manage to and there have been pluses to come out of this crisis.
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    There will be an inoculation for the virus, which will allow us to go back to the way it was, in the mean time, I'm not having a problem staying home or wearing a mask and keeping social distance when I go the supermarket and such. In these circumstances, I'm perfectly fine doing Zoom sessions with my group, and even connect to other groups now as well from the Northwest all the way to London.

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    I suspect it will be a long time before things get back to normal in the USA. Even when an inoculation is developed, it is bound to be expensive and, yeah, what an opportunity for big drug companies. Between the anti-vaxx folks and poor (i.e., uninsured) a large percentage of the population will not be vaccinated. Plus, it appears this type of vaccination will require boosters every 6 months to a year to remain effective...

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    Our group held an outdoor jam last week. Masks and social distancing required. It was a bit odd, but the weather cooperated and it was great seeing folks again (and not “playing” on Zoom)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    No. You're just being pessimistic. Here in the U.S. we blew it. There's a second wave of virus. This too shall pass...eventually. And then we'll all resume where we left off. In the meantime try to find silver-linings wherever they occur. Use the time to build up your skills. Or I am enjoying the financial savings. You save 20% on food whenever you take-out some comestibles from your favorite restaurant because you don't have to tip.

    OTOH, when I patronize local establishments to stimulate the economy....
    I tip very well —- they need it, and are sharing with their furloughed employees.

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