To help small events and venues reopen as safely as possible as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, the Event Safety Alliance yesterday released “The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide."
The guide--which is available at no charge--addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals should consider to protect both attendees and staff. This edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, because in every municipal reopening plan, these will be allowed to reopen first, the alliance said.
Other than emphasizing the importance of following authoritative scientific advice from organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, the guide offers suggestions and alternative practices for consideration, rather than claiming that any one practice is better than all others.
“As a matter of common law, everyone has a duty to behave reasonably under their own circumstances,” said Event Safety Alliance vice president Steven A. Adelman, the head of Adelman Law Group and editor of the guide. “Consequently, there is no such thing as ‘best’ practices. There are only practices that are reasonable for this venue, this event, this crowd, this time and place, during this pandemic.”
The guide is the product of contributions from more than 300 professionals from all facets of the live event industry. The guide can be downloaded free here.