The comments on yesterday's post seem generally in agreement. The underlying factor here may be one of age. Specifically that as we all know, the hobby attracts those from the 40-80 bracket - possibly not those who will be wanting to stand too close to large numbers of people in a confined space. The indication from a few of those commenting that they are in this bracket and frame of mind confirms my suspicions.
We are not being pessimistic here, more cautious and protective which is right and understandable None of us want to be a victim and we do not want to spread to family members.
The last show I did was East Grinstead about five weeks ago. A few days before two friends pulled out of exhibiting at two different shows that weekend. I was at that time slightly sceptical about their motives and I carried on while working within the advice given at the time, which was one of sanitising, hand washing and low contact. My scepticism was ill founded and I was wrong in not understanding their concern. I'll say again, we have to be cautious here and we have to adapt as best we can and possibly even turn this to our advantage. I've said before on here that the exhibition circuit has become unwieldy at times and by consequence this may result in a slimmer, fitter exhibition scene as well as a slight change of mindset among modellers.
As CC pointed out in the comments, home layouts do not mean poor modelling - quite the opposite - perhaps this will change our view that those who publish/exhibit are the pinnacle of skill; they're not. They (me) are just the show offs and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Wanting to show your layout and high skill are not always the same thing, just that some have an entertaining bent, while some are happy to stay at home.
Home birds, your time may just have arrived.