Paul has been gazing into his crystal ball in attempt to figure out what this summer's events will look like. All discussion in this thread embraces these predictions:
(A) By the time the PDC starts, the covid rates will be way down, a lot of people will be vaccinated, and the virus transfer rate will be lower because it's summer (just like it was lower in the summer of 2020)
(B) There will be 24 participants, of which 2 have not been vaccinated nor had covid. One of them flew in (potentially being exposed to the virus during travel) and one drove (and not exposed to covid).
Paul's thinking there's four categories of people who will be coming to the event:
Category 1: People who've already had the virus
Category 2: People who have been vaccinated
Category 3: Not worried about the virus.
Category 4: Worried about the virus but not vaccinated for whatever reason.
In the months between buying the ticket and the time that the event starts, the category 3 person would have attended a lot of unmasked events and either transition to Category 1 or died or they are one of those people that had it but never got the full load of symptoms - so they think they did not have it. It seems unlikely that such a person will attend our event, but it is possible.
To find a path for our events to work, we are imagining that 22 people are are a mix of category 1 and 2. And 1 person is category 4 and 1 person is category 3.
The category 3 person is unconcerned, so we don't need to create rules to make this person more comfortable.
The category 4 person is concerned, so we need to find a path to make that person comfortable.
No mask shaming. No telling someone to take off their mask to show their smile, or getting close to someone who wants to social distance. Mask shaming in any form or direction will not be tolerated.
We will have fire cider, elderberry syrup, elderberry gummies and ginger candies available for everyone who wants it to boost their immune system
During the event, only one person will be leaving to get supplies, so outside contact during the event will be limited.
The workshop classroom space is large and well-ventilated. There's balcony seating for those that wish to spread out away from the crowd.
Classes will take place outside when possible
If you're worried about mealtimes, you can eat outside (there will be canopied seating). You can also bring and prepare your own food on the rocket stoves, rocket oven, solar cookers, haybox cookers, etc.
This thread is for discussions that embrace Paul's crystal ball prediction. We would love to see if there's anything we're not thinking of in respect to planning!
(note that this thread is NOT for entertaining the thousands of other possible scenarios - just this one)
I like the part where you make provisions for the group 4 people.
A lot of the things that we know prevent the spread are also things that are often good for our health. Having good airflow in a building or spending as much time outside as one can is positive for health in general. The local health authorities say it's the third most important thing we can do (the washing hands with soap and water - not sanitiser - and staying 2 meters apart are the first two things according to them). Same with eating healthy food.
Providing an area they can social distance and a safe place for them to wear PPE if it makes them more comfortable is a great idea!
If it can avoid shaming in either direction, that would be an awesome thing. Someone doesn't want to wear a mask, they can still respect the boundaries of the person who wants to wear a mask. No mask = no closeness.