Classes will be restarting, businesses are reopening, and some planned events will still be pushing through despite the pandemic crisis. This is proof that humans are determined to live on and move forward amid the threats of COVID-19 disease. However, it is important to keep in mind that our strong will to conduct social gatherings should be coupled with safety measures to minimize COVID-19 risks in events.
Because ASI Thermal’s mission is to help America restart smart, here are 10 suggested ways event organizers can minimize COVID-19 risks in events and protect their attendees.
Tip #1: Install thermal scanners at the entry points
Installing fever-detecting thermal scanners goes a long way. Temperature screening solutions may not detect asymptomatic attendees but they can accurately detect people with fever—fever is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. With thermal scanners, you can prevent possible COVID-19 patients from interacting with and infecting non-infected people. Moreover, detecting COVID-19 patients who are unaware of their condition helps them get the medical attention that they didn’t know they need. Their detection also helps in protecting their housemates and loved ones from getting infected or from spreading the disease to neighbors and friends.
Tip #2: Have medics on standby
While most events—especially large events by large corporations—already have medical personnel and an ambulance or two on standby, event planners during this pandemic must be extra ready and extra careful. After all, this time, you will not only be medically attending participants who fainted or performers who encountered minor injuries. This time, you will be also attending to people detected with fever before they can enter the event venue. It will also be more useful and convenient if can coordinate with the venue management to have a place where you can isolate attendees suspected of having COVID-19.
Tip #3: Inform attendees about the safety guidelines
Make sure to set safety guidelines for attendees and organizing and security personnel. Safety guidelines may include wearing N95 masks, washing hands with soap and alcohol every 1-2 hours, avoiding physical contact with fellow attendees that are not members of your household, and practicing social distancing. This is to further support the installation of thermal cameras at entry points, as thermal cameras cannot detect asymptomatic people and therefore cannot prevent them from entering the premises.
Tip #4: Ensure that you have a record of the attendees’ contact information
Having the attendees’ contact information is important in case any of the asymptomatic attendees would test positive for COVID-19 days after the event. You will be able to inform all the event attendees about the unfortunate news and this will give them the chance to quarantine themselves or undergo the test. Although this may sound like a small thing, this safety measure could actually save lives.
Tip #5: Perform sanitation after the event
COVID-19 is an airborne, contagious disease that leaves particles on surfaces and stays there for a long time. It is important to assume that the most-exposed surfaces in the venue have been contaminated after the event and therefore need sterilization. In fact, an article in Global Health reports that flu viruses like SARS and COVID-19 can stay for years in a hotel carpet. To prevent the infection from harming the next users of the venue, immediately conduct a disinfection process.
Celebrations and social gatherings are necessary for us humans especially after a long time of lockdown. However, it is more necessary to protect our lives by making sure to help America restart smart.