Dancing, as Dairy Flat Community Hall chair Henk Landweer points out, is very much a contact sport and like every other social activity, it has been shut down.
However, under Alert Level 2, the first people were back, seated in front of the stage at Dairy Flat Hall this week, on May 21, enjoying live music but staying at a distance.
The bar was open but no dancing could take place at that First Jam Night, but Henk says it was definitely better than nothing.
“We have all missed live music more than some people have missed takeaways,” he says. “Now we have to work hard to get everything back to normal.”
He says the club will offer Jam nights, under safe conditions, every Thursday night now, from 8pm-11pm.
“We will check people’s temperature and keep records of everyone attending during May and June, and we will space out musicians and music lovers to create a responsible environment.”
Entry will be by contactless payment of a gold coin donation.
“Most musicians when I asked what they thought about this idea are in and bands are lining up for it,” Henk says.