Will there be any festivals this year?
We all love festivals however the health of people should be and is the first and foremost important thing for events and event organisers. While its to early to say when the social distancing measures put in place by the government will be lifted, one thing is for shore is many events will not be going ahead this summer. With many events already deciding to postpone or cancel there are still many more planning to go ahead. However, it is likely that many of these events may also make the decision to cancel. I have to be the bearer of bad news however one thing to bear in mind is that the number one priority for event organisers and event managers is the safety of the guests. Next year however will be a compensation year, many events will have had around 2 years to organise so will be bigger and better than ever!
Will there be any festivals next year?
Highly Likely, while we’re not scientists and certainly don’t want to speculate however it is likely that the pandemic will be over by 2021 according to scientists and the scientific evidence available.
Can I have a house party?
Nope, not at the moment! You could however host a virtual party using something like Zoom.
Will outdoor events be allowed before indoor events?
We’re not sure, however, is likely that small outdoor gatherings will be allowed before large scale events. It is also likely that outdoor events will be allowed before indoor events however this is currently speculation and yet to be announced.
Will events have to implement policies to lower the risk of viruses in the future?
If you have ever seen and event management plan you will know how in-depth they can go. Event management plans focus on safety and the welfare of the guests. Safety, Welfare and safeguarding are all very high on the priority list for event managers so it is likely that the spread of viruses and communicating to the guest in the case of an outbreak will be appended to event management plans. Event management plans already contain communication protocols for the instance of an emergency, these can include SMS, Email, Social Media, Websites and announcements on-site.
How safe are events
Generally, a well-organised event is one of the safest places you can be. You have to pass security to get in, usually including a search. once you are constantly being monitored by event staff, you have easy access to security, medical, welfare and nearly any support you may need. Event staff and security are fully trained to assist you in any way you need from helping you get out of a bad situation to ensure you are safe. In addition to the physical safety measures, there is usually a whole safety team working behind the scenes ensuring the site is safe. Events, however, are not going to be protected from COVID-19, security can’t stop it at the gate!
What policies may be implemented?
This is only speculation however policies such as a ban on non-vaccinated people attending events may be implemented. Events will follow the advice from the government and will implement safety measures following the advice made available from the Government.
I have a ticket, what should I do?
If you have already purchased a ticket for an event this year and the event has been cancelled you should check the specific events website. Most events will offer a ticket refund option or keep the ticket for the following year. Like many businesses events and the companies that run them will be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, many will have already paid out for artists, security, stages, tech venues etc. While you are given the option, many events would prefer you retain your ticket for the following year, it is worth noting that in most cases the ticket cost does not cover the cost to run the event, most events break even or make a profit from purchases during the event.
Will people attend events after the pandemic?
This is a big question and the exact answer is unknown, many people may still be scared to leave their homes post-social distancing. I personally believe that many people can’t wait to go out again, to pubs, clubs and events. While no one can forecast what might happen, I personally believe that events will flourish next year.
Is it safe to organise events at the moment?
It is probably not the best time to start organising an event for the summer, you may be okay to organise an event that will take place late in the year. You could however organise an online or virtual event.
What might happen to freshers?
Again, this is an unknown at the moment. The worst-case scenario would be freshers will be moved to later on in the year or in the new year.
So… Is it all doom and gloom?
No, while most events have been cancelled for this year and it is probably not the best time to think about running your own event many event organisers especially festivals are planning their next event for 2021. It is worth remembering, we have been through pandemics in the past and we will go through pandemics in the future. So far we have got through them all.?
Disclaimer: We’re obviously not scientists so don’t know much about the virus. We’re speculating what may happen and what has allready heppened. We’ve included some indusrty information too!