As hybrid and live events return, everyone talks about physical distancing and other risk mitigation measures like masks. Early results suggest that universal adherence to social distancing rules can be an unrealistic expectation.

Why do some participants ignore the rules of physical distancing?

Wonder why visitors sometimes disregard physical distancing rules? This may seem like self-indulgence, but the motivations behind this behavior can have significant implications for your event’s risk management strategy.

  • Lack of clarity

For example, if attendees do not know what rules exist, the rules at your event should be more specific, as WHO has repeatedly changed its guidelines on social distancing. Event organizers should clearly communicate their expectations to all participants.

For example, most studies show that short-term contact with people walking on the street is not a serious risk of transmission; given this knowledge, some guests may consider 10 or 15 minutes a short contact. However, some health departments use 10 minutes of contact as the minimum threshold for risk of transmission.

To help resolve any ambiguity, event planners can make a list of clear tips.

  • Negation

With that said, participants who feel the threat is exaggerated may tend to ignore the rules, even if they’re crystal clear. This explanation of visitor behavior puts the event organizer in a more difficult position: highlighting the constant risk of transmission can undermine the organizer’s primary goal of convincing attendees that their event is safe.