For those of us desperately hoping as we get vaccinated to buggery, and don our clear masks in the forlorn hope that will work for us, they will revert to ye olde deaf clubs and systems of 2019, they may well be in for a rude shock and awakening. Covid says no.
Those that rely on subsidised or socially supported (Local authority/Social Service/Church e.g.), clubs may find they need to show 'passports' of members too or be refused, systems won't take overall responsibility. Limits on members using a club may take place also if social distancing is still a norm, clubs have to be physically assessed to ascertain if they can do that. Kitchens managed etc.
A lot of deaf clubs are run rather crudely to be honest and via a loose hierarchy of sorts, this won't manage covid, and a lot is voluntary, older deaf are already using same areas other disabled and vulnerable elderly are also and the rules there are quite strict already. Albeit some clubs with elderly in it often don't have them attending with actual support, they are delivered to the clubs and picked up after, and it is left for members to assist each other. That may have to change to the detriment of some being able to attend at all.
I suspect a number of their clubs will not reopen in the future at all. The smaller clubs won't. Young deaf will be hoping the pubs can provide, the elderly may lose many of their options. Zoom is not what they want or use, and isn't a replacement for actual people. We noted during this pandemic how many actually were not online at all.
That apart, this seems an ideal time for those who exist on the sidelines to come in out of the cold, a lot of deaf and HoH support and inclusion has emerged during covid by default, best capitalise on that? not revert to the old systems? or revert to hoping the same old system deaf of standing under the lamplight, used before can still work? Dunno about that they turned street lighting off here ages ago!
What plans are deaf making to reopen their clubs?