Sports and entertainment facilities throughout the country are slowly marching towards a return to operations and providing the respite from a difficult year that we so desperately need. Unfortunately, venues in some parts of the United States are still in a holding pattern per their home state’s regulations. For those facilities, considerations must be made for the time when they can re-open to the public. They will return to play and when they do, they must ensure the safety of staff and guests.
Below we have provided tips for re-opening sports, event, or entertainment venues. The information is based both on best practices from sports facilities around the U.S. and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Protecting staff and guests starts with having a plan for daily operations. This summer, we gathered subject matter experts both in our facilities as well as legal and human resources experts to develop the Guide to COVID-19 Response and Re-Opening. This guide provides a comprehensive process for re-opening your facility. Some of the tips provided there and in other resources include:
It’s critical to develop policies that not only protect your employees but allows them to protect guests. Consider the following tips as part of your re-opening plan:
Whether it’s the NBA bubble or Little League baseball, we are starting to see sporting events re-emerge on the national landscape. For these events to be executed safely and successfully, specific procedures must be installed and enforced. These may include:
Additionally, monitors for public events should be equipped with mask, face shield, and non-latex gloves, in addition to their normal supplies and uniform.
As with sporting events, skills training and camps are making a comeback. Rules and procedures that ensure safety must be applied here as well. Best practices include:
Providing food and beverage services is a critical revenue driver for many sports, event, and entertainment facilities. Since snack bars and restaurants are areas where people can potentially congregate, safety procedures are essential and should include:
For a step by step guide to re-opening your sports, recreation, or event facility, check out our Guide to COVID-19 Response and Re-Opening. If you need expert guidance for re-opening and optimizing your facility, contact us today at 727-474-3845 to learn more about our disaster rebound services.