How Will Events Venues Become COVID-Secure?

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Back in July, the UK Government announced plans for events centres to be given the go ahead to reopen on October 1st. Trade exhibition, conference and sports venues have clearly been devastated by the Coronavirus pandemic, so this was certainly positive news. To put this into some context, the exhibition industry’s representative body, the UFI, has reported that the net exhibition space sold this year is expected to fall by 72% from 24.5 million m2 in 2019 to 6.8 million m2 for 2020.

While many have been looking at innovative ways to generate revenue in the virtual world, for those that have been able to weather the storm, what changes do they plan to put in place to enable a safe return to ‘real world’ events?

The government announcement came with guidance for measures that exhibition and conference organisers should consider for allowing the COVID-Secure resumption of business events. This advice included enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities at frequent intervals.

Putting some meat on the bones, the UFI recently published for its members, their own ‘Good Practice Guidance’ document in anticipation of trade exhibitions re-opening. This comprehensive guide includes a whole range of advisory measures covering the safety of venue personnel, physical distancing, health and safety procedures, crowd control and even guidance on how to encourage and enforce these measures. 

As specialists in biosecurity, Steriloc’s hand sanitisation systems are uniquely designed to address a number of the key areas highlighted in the UFI’s guidance:

“Touchless hygiene technology use should be considered a priority, if not right now then for upgrade programs.”“Pursue the use of touchless access control” and “Strive towards no-touch technology”

Touch-free is clearly going to be important. As our understanding of how Coronavirus spreads has developed, we now know that conventional event access technologies such as finger or palm access, printed or handed out entry passes and badges are now much less desirable. The UFI suggests that some industry observers believe these systems may even become obsolete all together. 

All Steriloc units have four powerful jets designed for touch-free dispensing of just the right amount of sanitisers, to both sides of the hands. 

“Ensure a good supply so your sanitisation stations do not run out of materials

Steriloc sanitiser stations can be data enabled to allow notifications to be emailed out to support staff when sanitiser levels are low. 

“Establish plentiful, easy to find sanitizing and hand washing stations throughout your venue”

Strategically located sanitiser stations are crucial to their effective use. Steriloc can offer its experience and advice on how and where to locate sanitiser stations for maximum effect.

“Consider staffing your hand sanitizer stations at entry points so staff can encourage people to use hand sanitizer upon entry, and in effect facilitate and monitor that everyone does this, and enters the facility with clean hands.”

Steriloc systems can be seamlessly integrated with most access systems, including turnstiles typically used at event venues. This means that no one can enter a venue without sanitising their hands first. 

“Crowd Control – Means to monitor for attendee flow management:

Steriloc sanitisation stations are perfectly designed for managing high footfall venues with rapid and effective dosing of up to 30 people per minute, with 5k to 25K dispenses between refills

“Waste Disposal – has become a challenge in the COVID-19 context”

Steriloc hand sanitisation systems eliminate the need for wasteful paper towels and multiple sanitiser bottles 

In fact, investment in Steriloc sanitisation systems can be extremely cost effective at an average cost of 1p per dispense.

As October 1st is fast approaching, some significant and permanent changes for the events industry are clearly required. If you are an event venue or organiser, how prepared are you?