It’s been almost four months since the lockdown began and decimated the entertainment industry. Depending on where you’re at, perception of the severity may vary drastically. To be honest, I’m reluctant to bring up the subject as I’m sure we are all feeling our fair share of information fatigue on the subject. That being said, we just happen to be in one of those industries where it’s hard not to touch upon when speaking of the current state of affairs. So, I’m going to do it here and then get back to our regular scheduled programming.
From my current location in Vancouver. BC, I feel extremely lucky with how things have unfolded. The majority of British Columbians approve of the way the government has handled the pandemic. So much, that our provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has become somewhat of a deity and is held in reverence by most of the population. You wanna start a fight? Say something bad about Dr. Henry. I dare you! This gem was featured in the New York Times for her thoughtful and intelligent response to the crisis and even has her own merch and model of luxury footwear designed by acclaimed Vancouver shoemaker John Fluevog.
We went into lockdown relatively early (March 16th), and so far, it has made a world of difference. Most of the populace bought in before people started getting stir crazy in May. Canadians watch our beloved cousins to the south and can’t help but be concerned with the data coming out of the US. Currently, we are averaging about a dozen new cases a day in the entire province with less than 200 deaths overall and just over 3000 total cases.
Grateful is an understatement.
The provinces nightclubs began to open a few weeks ago with limited capacity and many new safety protocols and I’ve been happy to see some of my DJ brothers starting to get out there and play some shows. These new safety protocols make a lot of sense and everyone seems to be on board. Here’s rundown of what staff and customers can expect.
- Limited capacity
- Limited hours of operation
- 6 person group maximums
- Temperature Checks
- Plexiglass for days
- Retention of contact information (1 per group)
- No dance floors (more tables and seating)
- Social bubbles and limited mingling
- Social distancing
- Hand sanitizer everywhere
Most DJs have a thorough understanding of the risks associated with indoor spaces and the type of environment bars and nightclubs provide, but on the same hand understand the inherent risks of isolation and going broke. With the numbers looking how they are and the reality of keeping food on the table, I will have no problem putting on my mask, getting behind the decks again and gleefully telling my security pals “no requests”.
Looks like that could be sometime next month. Stay tuned.