Representatives of the event industry are louder and louder about the need to return to events. Many companies have the future of their business at stake. At the very least, event organizers want to understand the rules by which it will be possible to work in the near future. However, instead of clear instructions, the authorities of most countries of the world react weakly, nervously and incomprehensibly.
There are also exceptions. For example, in Italy, all indoor events are banned, but outdoor events with up to 1,000 people are allowed. In Austria, from August 1, events with a restriction of up to 1000 people will be allowed. Conferences and exhibitions open in China. In Ukraine, from June 10, they plan to allow the work of cultural institutions. The future of exhibitions, conferences and other events has not yet been determined.
That is, the plans of different countries are ambiguous. It seems that the authorities have not come up with a single solution. Therefore, representatives of the event sphere turned to an expert in order to understand what rules should be followed in the near future in order to create a safe environment. Dr. Brian Labus, an epidemiologist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, agreed to be. Here are his key recommendations:
- There is no concept of the ideal number of participants in a safe event. But 50 people at the location is a reasonable limit.
- Local events are safer. The presence of only local residents significantly reduces the risk of infection: especially if the epidemiological situation is controlled in a city or region.
- The maximum session duration is 30 minutes. This will avoid mass infection of participants due to a long stay in the room.
- Express testing at the entrance is impractical. This will create queues, and participants risk becoming infected by standing in them.
- Indoor masking is mandatory. Perhaps organizers should hand out masks at the entrance.
- It is better to refuse multi-day events. Long-term events significantly increase the risk of contamination of participants and the support staff with whom they will be in contact.
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