Restarting sessions after Covid-19
In the US, we’re starting to get a large number of people vaccinated, and hopefully the same is true globally. As pockets of players around the world start feeling comfortable sharing cramped spaces again, I know most of us are really looking forward to being able to play together! What can we do to make this happen as fast as possible? How can we know where and when new opportunities are opening up again?
I’m curious if others are starting to take action: for people who organized sessions before the shut-downs, or who have relationships with pubs that didn’t go out of business, are you starting to reach out to the publicans to grease the skids? Are they receptive? Have any actually started, or are there plans?
What about TheSession.org? This has been our most valuable resource for information on sessions, but for over a year, just about every session in the whole database is closed, but none of them are marked as such. Is there any way to update the database to mark sessions as "post covid active?" Is there some convention we could agree on that would make it obvious which have started up, versus which are dead and not refreshed? Can we start a community effort to cull out pubs that are gone, or that haven’t reopened for sessions? Perhaps our host, Jeremy, has ideas for an attribute that could somehow be added for searching and filtering? Would a few donations help the cause?
What about a grass-roots effort to organize and jump-start things? Even if we can’t do it on TheSession.org, could someone (maybe me…) build a site where we could register post-covid sessions? (if I did it, I’d hope Jeremy would be willing to take the data at some point to reconsolidate—I like having this central point of community info.)
Would people be willing to make an effort to 1) get info from pubs, 2) record new sessions somewhere (tbd where) and tag them so we can find them (tbd how), and 3) get the word to their friends, both locally and remotely, to help do the same? We’re a pretty tight community, and if there’s a simple process and people are willing to chime in, maybe we can get the engine started again.
I’m hoping this sparks some discussion to get ideas on the table, and if it does, maybe some of us can use this forum to form a plan and gather support. I know it’ll eventually happen on its own, but wouldn’t it be nice to work together to rebuild this shared global resource so we can get back to playing around the world?