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Re: T.B.A. CANCELLED! only VIRTUAL now! This is BS!
And if we just say, "oh, well" and open back up 100% no mask, no vaccine, no social distancing, what will happen as people get sick and start having to stay home or stop going to those restaurants? We'll be right back where we started. Do you remember a few years ago when we had a flu epidemic in Texas? Some schools actually had to shut down due to not enough attendance. Luckily, my school district was spared and we made it through the year. Yes, we need to get back to normal. No, we don't need to throw caution to the wind and just go back to the way things were, right now this minute. We can keep posting stats and try to downplay all of this, but the fact remains, we have no vaccine and no proven treatment for the masses. Some do recover, but some die. Some of the recovered also have permanent lung damage and other ailments. I have found it interesting that many of the same pro-life, anti-abortion people are some of the same ones who shrug their shoulders when it comes to people dying who are already alive. And before you get your feathers ruffled, I am not aiming this at you personally. I'm just making an observation about some people in general.
You obviously understand very little about business or the Convention business. It isn't just TBA. There are lots of conventions being cancelled. SA thrives on that industry. Casa Rio won't go out because TBA didn't show up. But if nobody shows up for 6 months or a 12 months EVERYONE will go out. Tell me how well your household budget would run with $0 coming in for 6 months....
Maybe you have an "emergency" fund that would get you through. I do too. And while I could trim things down and probably last 12 months without a paycheck it would be a very slow return to life once a paycheck did come back. I wouldn't just be able to suddenly restock my fridge. There would be a ton of things that went by the wayside, (car maintenance, home maintenance, health maintenance, cell phone, and everything else that is a luxury expense), that would have to start to ramp back up. You think those businesses will just throw open their doors and be ready to work after 6 months? Is their rent stopping? Is there insurance dropping on their building? Have they stopped paying taxes or utilities? The restaurant industry operates at very small margins. They don't just have cash sitting around. You need to step out of the classroom on occasion.
As long as we "wait" for safety which is not guaranteed then more and more "for lease" signs will start to show up. I know I'm screaming to deaf ears but the trickle down is going to suck. As unemployment rises and our number of days in the classroom drops more and more families will find themselves without discretionary income to spend on instruments or band fees. We all need people to be safe but we need this to stop and we need people to get back out and working and living or teachers will not be exempt from the unemployment lines!
What about the fact that it's not TBA that is going to keep those people employed? There are dozens of conventions in San Antonio every day, and only ONE convention being cancelled wouldn't cause Casa Rio to go out of business.
Furthermore, if they're that close to going under with the loss of one convention's income, perhaps the place should've gone under already - oh wait - they're "too big to fail" and need a bailout.