DNA Lounge: Wherein we're still waiting for that "Save Our Stages" money to materialize.

Between the San Francisco Entertainment Relief Fund that has no money in it and the Federal $15 billion "Save Our Stages" fund of which $0 has been spent, we're really doing great! As long as we can keep paying our employees and creditors with "thoughts and prayers".

Congress Approved $15 Billion to Save Entertainment Venues -- Why Has Not a Penny Been Spent So Far?

Lobbyists for the entertainment industry cheered a $15 billion bailout for music venues and other independent entertainment outlets closed by the pandemic, which Congress passed in late December and President Trump signed into law in January. But relief has turned to frustration, as not a single penny from the Save Our Stages Act has been sent out yet.

"We honestly don't know how much longer we're going to have to wait," said Audrey Schaefer of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), a group created during the pandemic to lobby for federal aid. "Thousands of live venues need the money fast, and for many others it's now too late."

The Small Business Association (SBA), which was charged with disbursing funds to independent cinemas, performing arts groups, music venues, museums and theatrical producers, has not even opened the application process for receiving grants.

We are just one week away from having been closed for a full year. A year!

Our neighbors at The Oasis are doing a telethon this weekend, check it out:

Oasis could close for good. To stop that, S.F. drag club is putting on old-school telethon

"It's easy with all the stuff we're doing to make it look like we're winning this," Drollinger says. "In a lot of ways we are, with what we're doing for the community, but it's not realistic to run a venue of this size and be closed. I thought rather than let things totally fall apart, I would ask for help."

For the well-known South of Market club and alternative performance venue to survive the next few months, Drollinger is trying to raise $100,000 via a telethon to be aired on the club's streaming service, Oasis TV, and the crowdfunding site GiveButter.com on March 6.

"The harsh reality is our rent is $20,000 a month, and there's another $8,000 to $10,000 in other costs we have to meet, so we're looking at about $30,000 a month just to exist," Drollinger says.

And here's a sad article about the recent closure of Virgil's Sea Room:

With Virgil's closure, SF loses another great queer space

Meanwhile, Thirkield was running through her savings hoping the pandemic would pass, and found she was approaching an amount that no GoFundMe could fix. "I had a cut-off number. If we hit that, I would have to call it quits. We managed to negotiate something with the landlord, but we would still have to pay them back at the end. We cut back everything.

"I saw other bars taking out these really big loans. I absolutely love what we did with Virgil's, it was a very special place. I love the community we built together. But I don't want to spend the next five or more years of my life digging out from under this huge debt. That kind of stress and risk, when who knows even now when we can open again -- it's not worth it."

May I remind you that DNA Lounge has a Patreon? It is a big part of the reason that we're not dead yet. Especially given the nearly complete lack of support from of our City, State and Federal Governments. Please order some pizza and gets yourself some lovely DNA Lounge face masks and old-skool slip mats. Every little bit helps...

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Almost over! It will never be over. Almost over! It will never be over.


Herd immunity by June?

If San Francisco can give doses to 5,000 new people per day -- a number that's certainly possible once supplies increase -- then the city will reach 85% immunity in 96 days. That's May 30.

And by day 119, or June 22, 100% of eligible San Franciscans will have acquired some immunity to COVID-19, whether that's through receiving one dose, two doses or getting the disease itself.

California may not reach herd immunity for years.

Between the emergence of new coronavirus variants, unreliable vaccine supplies and uneven access to the doses available, it may take months or even years longer than anyone would like to hit herd immunity. It's possible California, the nation and the world may never get there. [...]

Assuming herd immunity is achievable, there are several variables that could slow it down. One unknown is how long immunity lasts after people are vaccinated. Some infectious disease experts fear immunity could start to wane in just a few months, which would mean the first round of people to be vaccinated will need boosters before the final groups get a single dose. But most experts believe immunity probably lasts longer than that, maybe years.

Brazil variant evaded up to 61% of immunity in previous COVID cases.

The coronavirus variant originally found in Manaus in Brazil and now detected in six cases in the UK was able to evade 25% to 61% of the protection people in the Amazonian city had after a first bout of Covid, researchers say. [...]

Manaus, the largest city in the Amazon basin, suffered a first wave of Covid in April/May. Studies of blood donors suggested 66% of people had antibodies against the virus in July and 76% by October, which would have been expected to give them immunity. [...] It spread rapidly: within eight weeks, it was implicated in 87% of cases.

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