I couldn't find a decent 'Last Normal Photo' so I decided to see what I had exactly one year ago and found this from May 19th, 2019. The idea of 3,800 plus people in one room seems like a memory from much longer ago than 365 days.

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This sign is on the gym wall of The Rochester Community Center on Wakefield Street in The Lilac City.

Last year at this time, I was at my nephew Colin's seventh birthday party and he had a pizza party in their function room with an hour of reserved gym time.

I was employed at this facility for most of the 1990's, first as a work study job, then part time. It seems like I spent a lifetime in this gym but I never knew what the Max Occupancy was.

This sign was a new addition from the days when I roamed the halls with a push broom, informing kids that they should only bounce the basketball inside the gymnasium. (My two most important responsibilities.)

The 2019 birthday party was a blast. With 6 available hoops, there were games of HORSE, 5 on 5, three point shooting contests, free throw shooting contests, soccer and frisbee games too.

Now, the act of even passing a basketball from one set of hands to another, requires a haz mat suit and a quart of hand sanitizer. Not to mention DOZENS of us in the same room eating pizza and talking to one another within 6 to 8 feet.

The idea of three thousand people in the same room MIGHT not be possible in another 365 days, but hopefully this sign will become relevant by 2022.

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