Event Safety Alliance releases COVID-19 Reopening Guide

As municipal officials begin to allow small groups of people to gather in public, guidance is needed on how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible.

In response, the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) has released The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide.

The guide addresses health and sanitary issues event and venue professionals need to consider to protect patrons and workers. The first edition is tailored to be useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to do so first.

Other than emphasizing the importance of following authoritative scientific advice from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the guide offers suggestions and alternative practices for consideration rather than claiming any one practice is better than all others.

ESA vice president Steven A. Adelman, also editor of the Reopening Guide, said the document applies the legal duty of care.

“As a matter of common law, everyone has a duty to behave reasonably under their own circumstances. Consequently, there is no such thing as ‘best’ practices.  There are only practices that are reasonable for each venue, event, crowd, time, and place during this pandemic,” Adelman said. “Because few operational bright lines would make sense, the ESA Reopening Guide is designed to help event professionals think through their own circumstances.”

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