We’re living in strange times, who’d have thought that we’d be amid a global pandemic in 2020. Not me! Like many of you, I was looking forward to a great summer packed with fun, festivals and parties. As some of you may know I’m going to University this year to study events and festivals management and was looking forward to Freshers week. That’s probably now off the table, with some universities opting to continue with virtual lectures using platforms such as Zoom.
Events this year may be a write-off, with only a very finite amount of events towards the end of summer still going ahead. The Corona Virus pandemic has adversely affected many businesses. The events sector is among one of the highest affected industries.
Should I buy a ticket to an event?
We’re not going to tell you what to do, but buying tickets now will support the events sector and giving them some form of income. Life will return to normal and eventually so will events, but not in the next few weeks. Unlike other sectors, implementing social distancing measures at a festival and indeed enforcing them is going to be impossible.
Will I be able to go clubbing?
The nature of clubs means a lot of people crowded in a small space. Pubs will likely be allowed to open first with some social distancing implemented.
What are public events likely to do?
There is a multitude of things that events can do to ensure their safety.
- Implement an enforced 14 day quarantine period, much like that for people who are coming into the UK from abroad.
- People must show proof of a recent test before being allowed to enter an event
- Testing people before they enter an event, this may be possible with the advent of instantaneous test kits.
Are people likely to go to events?
I think there could be a demographical and geographical divide, here’s what I think may happen.
- Young Adults will likely start to attend events where they can. These may include house parties, clubs and pubs.
- The Elder generation may be likely to remain at home until they feel it’s safe to go out.
- There may be an asymmetric lean towards students attending private events over public events.
- Those at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the Corona Virus may choose not to attend events.
- Students may be more likely to visit smaller clubs to support small business owners.
- Some events may take place on virtual platforms, especially some sporting events.
Is the event sector likely to return to normal?
There may be some form of normality soon. The events industry is and will continue to follow the advice from the government and scientific advisors. Unfortunately, it is impossible to put a timeframe on normality returning. It could be before the end of the year, or it may take 2-3 years.
Will any notification system be put in place?
Events already have a public communication system in place. Communication systems can include social media, emails, SMS, Event Apps, websites, PA systems and big screens. They are often used to inform people attending/attended an event of safety information. Notifying people of a Corona Virus outbreak can be done using these systems, allowing them to isolate for 14 days.
I’m no scientist, the information in this post only what I think could happen.