The rise in cases of Monkeypox in 2022 has left many of us feeling deja vu from the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. I speak confidently when I say nobody wants a repeat of the quarantine lockdown. It is essential to keep living our lives but take precautions as we do so, with the Monkeypox virus repeatedly making headlines. Here are some precautions event planners can take while Monkeypox exists.
1. What is Monkeypox?
It is important to understand what Monkeypox is and dispel any misinformation. Monkeypox is very similar to smallpox however it has milder symptoms and is rarely fatal. It is often identified by the rash that often develops in infected humans. Monkeypox is spread by direct physical contact from one infected person or animal to another.
2. Precautions to take
Event planners always want what is best for their clients and guests during live event production. Regardless of the size or content of a live event, there will always be precautions to take. However, here are some specific precautions to take to prevent the spread of Monkeypox.
As we know Monkeypox is spread through close physical contact, thus, it is in everybody's best interest to opt for a spacious. Though it is not commonly spread through respiration, an outdoor venue will provide an extra layer of caution and safety.
Opt for a hybrid option
Allow guests to have a virtual option of attendance for your next event. By streaming the event virtually, you lessen the number of guests physically attending, which lessens the prospective viral spread.
Limit physical contact through objects
Monkeypox can also be spread through contact with an item that an infected person or animal has touched. A way to avoid further spreading is frequently washing any items that warrant frequent contact, including (but not limited to):
Provide hand washing stations Encourage attendees to prioritize hand washing and disinfecting. Two operative ways to promote frequent handwashing are by posting signs around the venue and providing easy access to hand washing stations. As we all know, the line to the ladies' room can sometimes be as long as the commute to an event, which might deter someone just looking to wash their hands. Providing plenty of handwashing stations around your live event will forgo this issue.
Encourage guests to be informed Making announcements/sending out reminders weeks and days before the event can also help limit the spread of Monkeypox. Take time to remind guests of symptoms, how it is transmitted, and kindly ask guests who are exhibiting symptoms to stay at home. Conclusion The health and safety of guests and staff is always the first priority when creating an outstanding live event production. With the recent spike in Monkeypox cases and news headlines, it is crucial to keep this virus in mind when planning your next live event. By providing spacious outdoor venues, disinfecting surfaces, and reminding attendees to stay alert, you can help ensure the safety of guests and crew.