Despite the pandemic, many people are continuing to put on safe events incorporating jazz in the Tampa Fl area. The difference is that they are taking creative precautions that allow their guests to have fun, but most importantly, stay safe.
One key part of the strategy is to have the event outside. We're blessed to be in a warm weather state. With some notable exceptions, it's mostly comfortable outside, even in winter. So we can start with that as a foundation.
Have the seats and tables for your guests separated. This creates natural social distancing without being overly obvious.
As masks are an important part of virus prevention, they are a must. However, they needn't be the drab white hospital like variety. One client recently had a plate of decorative, chic masks at the door. They were black and gold. Guests were able to each take one. This had the double benefit of making the idea of mask wearing fun, while creating a unique look for the entire group.
Another idea is to go "all in" on the idea of masks. Since we all have to wear masks, why not wear fun masks? I've seen some hosts make it a contest with their guests on who can wear the most creative and fun mask.
If there is food, consider calling up small groups from specific tables so that there is no crowding to get it. Have the band set up away from the general crowd.
So in conclusion, is it possible to have events during this time? The answer is "yes". It's just necessary to use a bit of foresight and creativity. Then everyone can have a good time while staying safe!