Bars and nightclubs are poised to reopen, but many questions remain.
Can establishments turn a profit under the conditions that they must meet before reopening? Even if business owners and managers follow the rules precisely, will enough patrons show up?
As regular readers probably know, I remain extremely concerned about the public health crisis and about the worrisome signs in the current data. Don't be surprised if some businesses are forced to close again this summer, whether because of a government mandate or simply a collapse in demand.
As Savannah's live music venues and talented musicians face these uncertainties, they will need to continue to adapt and innovate.
And that means more streaming and more concerts outside.
The DeSoto recently wrapped up a concert series with musicians performing on balconies on the south side of the hotel so that could be enjoyed along East Harris Street and in Madison Square.
Jason Bible, best known around town as frontman for The Train Wrecks, performed on a porch this past Saturday in the Gordonston neighborhood. Residents could enjoy the show from nearby porches, yards and public spaces.
Bible, one of the area musicians with a seemingly endless repertoire and an enduring passion for live music, played for more than two and a half hours. By the following morning, the Facebook stream had been viewed more than 1,100 times.
The punk band Jeff Two-Names was featured last week by Quarantine Concerts live at the Tybee Post Theater. Drummer Kevin Veitinger has been ordained as an Episcopal priest and has taken a position in New York, so the show might be the last for the band for a long time.
The Facebook live video of Jeff Two-Names' show attracted nearly 4,000 views in the next few days. Quarantine Concerts has continued to stream multiple shows per week and has bookings through May 22.
I don't know where all of these efforts will lead, but here are some things I do know:
Savannah has many establishments with outdoor spaces.
We have a robust network of parks, squares and other public spaces that few cities can match.
We have the talented videographers, sound engineers and other professionals who can solve technical hurdles.
And we have many residents who want more live performances.
There are tricky questions here, especially about making various efforts work financially. It could be difficult to get the necessary approvals to produce shows in squares, on streets and other places where small crowds might be able to assemble with distancing in place.
But none of the obstacles seem insurmountable if enough folks get on board.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.