Finally, fantastic news . . . we’re reopening!! At the July 22, Executive Meeting, a start-up
schedule was approved as follows: the inaugural game will be Thursday 9th September,
followed by another a week later on 16th September. These two games will, hopefully,
allow us to get any ‘kinks’ worked out for our protocols, set-up and games format.
In the weeks following we intend to offer two games weekly on Mondays and Thursdays at 1:00pm,
cost $10 -(except for September 27th, when the Swilers is already booked). Online games will
continue to be offered when there is no in person game. A detailed schedule will be posted on our website.
The Executive is well aware of the major problems we will face in September as we work to
re-establish live duplicate games in NL. If playing trends across the continent are indicative of
what we can expect, it will be a good while before things improve for clubs. In March of 2020,
pre-pandemic, 2,189 face-to-face ACBL clubs were active; in June, 2021, only 804 had fully
reopened. Table counts are also down from pre-pandemic game numbers. In March, 2020 there
were 179,749 face-to-face tables in play in North America; during the first three weeks of June,
2021 there were only 24,677 tables of live bridge being played at the open clubs, see graphic
below. BOTE will have some scheduling and financial decisions to make and these will be
ongoing during our trial stages.
Will BOTE re-open safely? Yes!
Will it be a smaller game, then we had before the closure? Almost certainly.
By this Fall, with any luck, case numbers will be lower, second vaccines will be completed,
masks may no longer be required and a more optimistic climate may be prevalent.
We, as duplicate bridge players, are well experienced in coping with ambiguity and working our
way out of tough situations. Over the years, duplicate bridge clubs, in our city, have faced all
kinds of adversity and always came out alive in some fashion. We fully expect 2021-22 to be no
different. Working together with the support of our loyal members we will have a safe and
Any suggestions for problem solving and other input are, of course, welcome.
See you at the club!
Number of Clubs playing in person
⤊ = 100 clubs
Number of ACBL in person tables
∏ = 1,000 tables