The global COVID-19 pandemic took us all by surprise and changed the way that our everyday lives have been running, perhaps forever.
While we finally seem to have turned a corner as millions of people around the world are being vaccinated against it and the numbers of new confirmed cases seem to be dropping slowly, chances are high that the way in which events have previously been held will change forever.
As social distancing rules seem to have become a major part of our lives, let’s take a closer look at how things may change whenever larger crowds of people are concerned.
Thermal scanners have been used at airports for years as a means of conducting quick health checks and making sure that certain illnesses are not brought into countries or cities. Now that COVID-19 has reared its head, checking patrons’ body temperatures has become common practice at the entrances of shopping malls, movie theatres and restaurants, to name a few.
This is likely to continue happening and will probably be carried over to big events, whenever they start to happen again. Before entering a venue, attendees will likely need to undergo thermal scanning, which is something that event organisers will need to take into consideration.
Sanitising stations have been implemented at almost every public location across the world since the start of the pandemic. It is unlikely that they will disappear anytime soon, so most venues will need to have improved areas for sanitising or washing hands outside of concert venues, concert halls and meeting rooms, to name a few.
Adequate signage will also need to be provided in order to remind attendees to abide by the rules. However, it is unlikely that they will forget to do so seeing as how it has become such an integral part of minimising the spread of the virus.
We have seen social pods implemented at some outdoor events in Australia, where the spread of the virus seems to be quite controlled. Instead of allowing attendees to roam about and sit wherever they want to, they can book a social pod with a maximum number of people allowed in each pod. This allocates that specific group a certain area which is marked off and reserved.
If any refreshments are needed while in the pod, attendees can simply order them via an app and pay for them on the app as well, before having it delivered to the pod. This eliminates the need for queueing and exchanging any cash, thus reducing the risk of exposure for both attendees and those working at the event.
Of course, most people have been working remotely and meetings have generally been held online for the better part of the pandemic. Nowadays, everything from work to playing at Grand Rush casino online is digitized. This has led to the creation of online events, which allow people to attend them from the comfort of their own homes.
With many venues needing to operate at a reduced capacity in order to enforce social distancing, creating and selling tickets that allow online access will give event organisers the opportunity to generate extra income.