As the world starts to open back up and events start to happen across the country, it’s critical those who are planning events should not become complacent and let their guard down about COVID-19. The disease is still rampant across the world and only a small number of people have been vaccinated as of January.
Plus, the legal implications of liability on event planners and venues have not been resolved, making it critical you take every step possible to keep your guests as safe as possible from COVID-19. Here are five steps you can make to protect your attendees.
1- Limit capacity at the event.
Much of the country forces you to limit the capacity of any event or business, however, there are many places throughout the country that do not enforce this.
Resist the urge to increase capacity by more than 50 percent of what the venue can hold pre-COVID-19. The disease loves to spread in crowded, indoor places. You can greatly reduce the chances of spread by keeping attendance down.
2. Have hand sanitizer everywhere.
It is amazing how effective keeping your hands covered in sanitizer can be in preventing COVID-19 spread. It is critical there are hand sanitizer dispensers by every bar and gathering place, plus every entrance and exit to the facility.
One of the best things you can do is offer hand sanitizers as a favor and include a personal hand sanitizer at every seat in the event.
Hopefully, your guests will use the hand sanitizer liberally.
3- Require masks when not eating and drinking.
Nearly everyone hates to wear masks because they are uncomfortable. But they have proven to be one of the most effective ways to lower the spread of COVID-19. It’s important that someone is designated to remind guests to put their masks in while walking across the room, waiting at the bar or going to the bathroom.
It also should be a given that employees who are working the event are wearing proper masks in a proper manner. No gaiters or bandanas.
4- No self-service anywhere.
While it may be tempting to lower costs by offering a buffet or setting out a cooler for beer and sodas, it is critical to avoid this temptation. You simply do not want to have every guest in the room touch the handle of a spoon serving the mashed potatoes or touching the cooler lid right before twisting the top of the beer bottle.
Make sure you have a designated server for buffets and coolers and have them wear gloves. Keeping people safe is worth the investment.
Likewise, if you are using pitchers to refill water and tea glasses, make sure to train your staff not to touch the pitcher to the top of the glasses. This spread diseases even before COVID-19 and should be especially avoided today.
5- Consider a testing routine for guests.
While many people believe testing every guest for COVID-19 is cost-prohibitive and invasive, it truly is not. Starting with Medek Health’s Heligen COVID-19 Antibody Test Kits, you can test all your guests for the presence of antibodies quickly, easily, and cheaply.
All it takes is a drop of blood into a test kit and, within minutes, you will receive your results.
Plus, many of your guests will be intrigued and excited to take an easy test to show they are healthy.
Contact us to learn more about customizing your COVID-19 testing package.