How to host an event safely post Covid

Val Watson
Authored by Val Watson
Posted Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 7:12am

Even with restrictions gone, there is still a lot of people adhering to the rules of the past 18 months. As such, if you’re hosting an event, it may be best to do the same. If people see your event isn’t taking into consideration health concerns, you may risk losing ticket sales.

So how can you host your event safely post COVID so that everyone feels comfortable attending?

Sanitisation stations

Just about every restaurant, shop, and hotel across the country has had sanitisation stations set up for over a year, and it’s a good idea to keep them – especially if you’re hosting an event.

Alternatively, it might be nice to offer ticket holders branded sanitiser (a very 2020 party favour idea) so that they always have some close by.

If you can’t afford individual bottles, placing hand sanitiser dispensers at key areas of your event venue (by the front doors, toilets, near any stalls, etc.) will do just fine.

Face mask policy

Depending on how close-knit your event is going to be and how big your venue is, you might want to state face masks as a requirement. There are plenty of people still wearing masks, and various events are recommending their attendees wear them. While cases are still high, it’s always better to be safer rather than sorry.

However, as it’s no longer required by law, it’s inevitable people will come without. As such, it might be worth stocking up on disposable masks for those that do forget.

Social distancing

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To ensure social distancing is maintained at events, try to use signage both on the walls and the floor. You could also create a one-way system using temporary barriers. Again, social distancing is no longer a legal requirement; however, many people are hoping to live their lives with more awareness about how close they get to others (after all, nobody likes strangers in their personal space, COVID or no COVID).

Negative COVID tests

There’s a lot of confusion around vaccine passports, negative tests, and who’s actually able to attend events. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to require all guests to have proof of a negative COVID test. People across the UK are still feeling uncomfortable by the idea of going to events without negative tests being a requirement. On the other side, other people are feeling frustrated at venues requiring the test result.

It’s really up to you to decide who you will and won’t let into your event, but the majority of people will have no issue taking a test beforehand. They’re free and easy to access, so there’s no reason not to.

Hosting an event in these ‘unprecedented times’ is pretty nerve-wracking. Venues and event organisers still need to be wary about the virus, but in order to one day get back to normality, the show must go on. If you are concerned about what you should and shouldn’t do for your event, there is plenty of information on the government website to guide you.

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