Well not quite today, or even tomorrow, or likely even this year, but meetups may actually have an opportunity in the near future to get people in the same room.
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Over at WordPress.org, Proposal: Decision making checklist for safe, in-person meetups, has been submitted for discussion and feedback (due by Friday, January 15, 2021). This comes with a pretty extensive checklist and qualifiers to even begin the thinking process about returning to in-person. Here is the proposed 14 point checklist:
- Is your country’s (or state’s) average positivity rate over the past 28 days under 4%?
- In the past 28 days, has your country or area’s basic reproduction number stayed under 1?
- In the past 14 days, have there been under 50 new cases per 100,000 people reported?
- Does your local government allow for in-person events?
- If there is a cap on the number of people who can meet at a time, will you as an organizer follow this guideline?
- If there is a cost associated with your venue, is that fee fully refundable or transferable to another date?*
- Does your venue allow for safe social distancing practices?
- Does your venue have cleaning protocols in place to sanitize the space between uses?
- Are you and other organizers willing to enforce the use of masks, hand sanitization, and social distancing, as recommended in your country or area?
- In order to use local data to predict the safety of attendees, in-person events are required to be open only to residents of your immediate area. Are you and other organizers willing to enforce this expectation?
- Are you and other organizers ready to require RSVP in the Meetup.com, or to gather attendee contact lists in some other way?
I certainly encourage people to engage with this proposal if they have feedback.