June 17, 2020

Events Returning Sparks Deeper Consideration for Health and Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new guidelines for events and gatherings. Recommendations in the document include face-masks, increased ventilation, socially distanced seating, limiting bathrooms to one at a time, hand sanitizer, and discouraging attendees from physical contact. Organizers surveyed likely will do temperature checks at the door of their events as an additional safety precaution.

The economies of cities where large conventions and exhibitions often take place are feeling the loss of cancelled events. In many situations, venues are ready to host events again but have been blocked by their local state or city governments. For example, the majority of the Republican National Convention was moved from North Carolina to Florida due to more flexible COVID-19 restrictions.

Event attendance of the future is uncertain. It is likely attendees will be more selective and do more research on the organizer and venue safety procedures before making the decision to attend an event.