Surviving in the time of COVID-19 and moving forward afterwards
This forum has not been much used for a while, but it seems to me that clubs might welcome talking to each other and to EBU staff and committee members about how they are managing at the moment, as well as how they might plan for the future. I'll mention a few possible starting points and then hope that club reps will continue the conversations, both with us and each other.
- How are you keeping in touch with your members?
- Are they playing online, and if so how easy have they found it and which games are they playing?
- What could the EBU do to help them adjust?
- What can clubs do at the moment to plan for the future when people are able to start coming back to face-to-face bridge?
- Would it be a good idea for clubs to think of promotions for when they first re-open, such as a free game to those in their area who have been playing regularly online?
My view is that people will be very keen to get back to their clubs when they can, but a lot of them will also have discovered a new world in online bridge. There is no reason why they shouldn't co-exist, with clubs providing the social interaction that is so important, but online possibly allowing additional play for those occasions when a shorter game is wanted or it's difficult to get out of the house to go to a club.
That's enough of my thoughts - I hope they stimulate others to discuss them here and perhaps introduce new topics of their own.