Since student societies are allowed to open again, the RSG is back organising regular social drinks at their fraternity house. Just like ‘before the corona time’, the society is open four evenings a week. “The difference is that you can’t just walk in,” says board member Andrea Elzo Kraemer. Members must register in advance and can choose between two time slots, from 4 to 7 pm or from 8 to 11 pm. In between slots, the bar is cleaned.
The association applies corona measures. When entering the fraternity house, members have to clean their hands with sanitiser and they get questions about their health. At one time, only one person may stand at the bar or go to the toilet. Walking routes have been mapped out as well, so that members don’t bump into each other.
Psychology student Mathilde is thrilled to be able to have drinks at the society again. “I have had to miss everyone in the last months,” she says. Economics student Robin agrees. “What I missed the most are the drink nights and chilling together,” he says.
Both have no trouble keeping a distance during a drink. “We went for drinks a few times and it really is not a big deal,” says Mathilde. According to Robin, there is also a strong social control among the members. “We remind each other of the rules and we do our utmost to enforce them. Besides being an association, we are of course part of the hospitality industry, so we really have to stick to the rules.”
What can they not do yet? “Dancing together on our dance floor,” answers Mathilde. “I hope it will be possible again in the near future, then we’ll catch up.”