What are some tips for attending live events during COVID-19?
- Follow safety protocols
- Avoid high-touch surfaces
- Practice constant disinfection
- Keep your distance from other attendees
- Use contactless options
When the pandemic started, the live events sector took a hit. Despite projections that the industry would be valued at more than $2 billion 6 years from now, it definitely slumped in the year 2020. As time passed, however, and restrictions began to ease, there are now efforts being made to start staging events anew. Key players in the sector have begun rolling out recovery roadmaps that also feature tips for attending live events during COVID-19.
The World Trade Center Metro Manila, in particular, started implementing their B.E. (Business Events) SAFE Program last November 2020. This primer outlines a recovery framework for how the events place in Manila would be making changes in preparation for nearing live events.
Social distancing, consistent sanitation, and contact-tracing are just some of the key procedures that must be considered for the new live events in this challenging situation. Even as early as now, it’s important that the public is prepared to adjust to the guidelines that convention centers like WTCMM would be implementing. Read on to learn more.
Follow Safety Protocols
When attending any type of live event, it’s always important that safety protocols are followed. It is expected that these standards would have already been communicated to potential guests of a particular event, even a few months or weeks before it starts.
For example, in WTCMM, ample floor markers and signages would be posted all around the venue. These would serve as constant reminders for people to keep an eye for their health and well-being. Whether it is in terms of making sure that face masks and face shields are worn all the time or following the traffic scheme of the venue.
Avoid High Touch Surfaces
Visitors may think that they may potentially get infected by attending live events, especially those that involve physical interaction such as food sampling, or distribution of brochures and product demos which would sometimes request audience participation.
It’s the responsibility of both the event organizers and the participants or attendees to make sure contact with high touch surfaces is minimized, or altogether avoided. Flyers, pamphlets, tokens, and other promotional items are no longer encouraged due to the possibility of cross-contamination.
In the event that touching such surfaces cannot altogether be eliminated, then the responsible authorities should take all the necessary steps and precautions to ensure that all shared items would be properly and constantly disinfected.
Practice Constant Disinfection
During the event proper, attendees may easily forget to follow safety procedures such as disinfecting themselves. This is not surprising, as many in the audience might get preoccupied with whatever they’re doing once they’re already inside the venue.
If you’re planning to attend a scheduled event, be prepared to bring all the necessary essentials with you. Aside from Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you should also have a small pouch or bag where you can store your own hand sanitizers, alcohol bottles, wet wipes, tissue, and other personal effects for your hygiene.
Make a constant reminder to yourself to apply these products, especially if you’ve had to make physical contact with any person or object inside the space.
Keep Your Distance from Other Attendees
You’ve probably heard it one too many times, but social distancing is still important in an events space, while they have their own protocols in place. The organizers and venue management can only do so much in getting people to follow markers, adhere to signage, and be aware of other responsibilities.
The minimum distance that you should keep between you and the next person is 6 feet 1 meter, according to standards set forth by the Department of Tourism under Memorandum Circular Number 2020- 006-A issued last October 15, 2020. Not only is this effective in limiting physical contact, but this also reduces the likelihood of any airborne particles or droplets invisible to the naked eye entering one’s respiratory system.
Another way to do this is to make sure that you don’t stay in one location for too long. If possible, try to find an open-air area inside the venue where you could take a breather and rest. Meanwhile, in events that don’t really require much interaction, always make it a point to stay in locations designated by the management and organizers.
Use Contactless Options
As mentioned before, giving away promotional items during live shows might become a thing of the past for the live events industry. Instead, there might be a focus on other contactless alternatives that can still provide value to the participants and will still encourage them to participate in various on-site event engagements. Hence, a QR code reader may come in handy.
On the side of the audience, they should also try to veer away from doing event activities that require an exchange of shared items. For example, if they’re buying a product or signing up for a service, they can use cashless platforms to fulfill these types of transactions.
To give another example, participants should also avoid taking part in demonstrations that will involve person-to-person interaction. Wherever possible, it’s still much safer to participate in virtual activities.
Attending live events can be a safe event during COVID-19. Just always remember to follow the aforementioned safety protocols, avoid high-touch areas, practice constant disinfection, and use available alternative platforms to avoid cash transactions.
While venues already have their respective health and safety mechanisms in place, the burden of keeping oneself and everyone around them safe should also be taken into consideration by the event attendees. If you plan on attending live events in the future, keep all of these measures in mind to ensure your safety all throughout the events journey.