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View Poll Results: If CDC safety precautions are in place (masking, distancing)
I would participate in a potluck regardless of the vaccination status of others. 6 18.75%
I would safely socialize and bring my own food to eat. 19 59.38%
I would not participate in a potluck. 7 21.88%
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Old 04-06-2021, 01:38 PM   #1
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Spring Rallies, Covid and a Poll

Several of us have spring rallies coming up quickly. To help with the planning stage (and schedule), we need some help. We're not asking if you're vaccinated (and wouldn't) nor an opinion about vaccines. This poll isn't about safely socializing, it's about sharing food and being fairly near other people while eating outdoors.

Whether or not you will actually participate in a spring rally, please answer this poll honestly. It will help. And THANK YOU.
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Old 04-07-2021, 12:09 PM   #2
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The April Fools Gathering (Rally) this week is at a Regional Park in Bodega Bay, California. Their requirements are: wear a mask if within 6 feet of another person not camping with you. There is no mention of food or food sharing.

It seems that we have to go by the guidelines, which can be different for each location (state, park etc.). Also, a camp host may impose stricter guidelines than what is posted. (I have read where, for example, generators are allowed 8 am - 8 pm BUT if someone complains of a loud generator during the "ok" time, the camp host will come tell you to shut it off. They could do the same for potlucks.)

So my opinion is, plan for what is posted, be ready for change, and don't schedule what someone may be offended by or complain about. We want to avoid the unhappy camper scene.

I think food sharing is going to be one of those iffy activities. Some will be "ok" with it and some will not. We as a group might be "ok" with it but maybe some campers not with our group are not ok with it and will complain, and the camp host will feel obligated to shut us down. Best to avoid forced change, it usually doesnt go well.
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Old 04-07-2021, 03:03 PM   #3
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Donna. I don't know what you mean by a poll, but I've had my jabs and I'm fine with an outdoor potluck or meal with appropriate masking and distancing.
In fact we had an outdoor dinner at Hungry Mother in October, acting reasonably responsibly and I've not heard of any subsequent problems.

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Donna. I don't know what you mean by a poll

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Scroll to the top of this thread, past the first post and you will find the poll and can vote.
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:29 PM   #5
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Thanks Glenn. I wasn't aware of that process.

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Old 04-07-2021, 06:50 PM   #6
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I ( Jon MB )am in a quandry. I wouldn't be technically "participating" as I am not adequately capable of reciprocating, unless the other participants want one of my PB&Js. I'm no chef, not even a cook. I'm known to eat cold cream of mushroom soup, not re-constituted, direct from the can. I can microwave water for ramen and that's about it.
I have no qualms about community food provided that personal utensils and personal serving is enforced (implied by the social distancing caveat in the first post).
That said, I didn't vote in the poll just so that Bonnie, should she choose to, can enter "our" shared e-ballot.
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I ( Jon MB )am in a quandry. I wouldn't be technically "participating" as I am not adequately capable of reciprocating, unless the other participants want one of my PB&Js. I'm no chef, not even a cook. I'm known to eat cold cream of mushroom soup, not re-constituted, direct from the can. I can microwave water for ramen and that's about it.
I have no qualms about community food provided that personal utensils and personal serving is enforced (implied by the social distancing caveat in the first post).
That said, I didn't vote in the poll just so that Bonnie, should she choose to, can enter "our" shared e-ballot.
A nearby grocery store can provide a variety of ready made/premade stuff. Let the store be the chef.
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:36 AM   #8
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The Spring Fling in New England Rally will be going on in May and right now the fluid status for the state of NH is as most everywhere, social distance and ware a mask.
If vaccinated, state says that after 2 weeks, you may go without masks,
Schedule has been cut so most of events where I know it would be crowded have been scratched and he Pot-Luck is not going to happen.
Instead I will be serving a pasta meal and any server has met the required mandate set forth by state.

Here is hopping we all have a safe and fun 2021 Camping Season.
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Although we are both fortunate enough to have received our shots, I think my biggest apprehension with "pot luck" food has nothing to do with "social distancing," etc. The problem I have is that you really have no idea whether the food that people bring was properly handled. Things like "hot foods need to be kept above 140 degrees and cold food needs to be kept under 40 degrees," and the potential for "cross contamination" issues, most often occurring when cooked and prepared food, (i.e. "Ready to Eat,") come into contact with raw food, which could have things like Salmonella, and a host of other little nasties. That cutting board you just 8-pieced that raw chicken on, gave a quick wipe to, and are now cutting salad greens on, well, I think you get the idea. I have a Health Dept. Food Handler's Card, and before that I had a "Serve-Safe Card" when I went through Culinary School after I retired. Food poisoning, besides being no fun at all to get, can be caused inadvertently by people who either don't know, or don't practice, proper safe food handling. If I go to pot lucks, I usually eat what I bring, out of my concern for the aforementioned potential problems. More dangerous than Covid in my book.
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