It's always been essential to have a plan for handling sanitation needs at an event, but proper sanitation is more important than ever, for obvious reasons. Hygiene concepts will be under increased scrutiny and to help you avoid disaster, here are some basic things to keep in mind as you're putting together your next hygiene plan. (Most of this should be common sense, but hey, they still put those "wash your hands signs" in bathrooms, right?)
As you're well aware, large events means thousands of people moving around and touching everything. So your job is to know what those hot spots are and to clean them frequently! Things like:
- Light Switches
- Touch Screens, etc.
When you say frequently, you mean...
According to the CDC, the Coronavirus can linger on surfaces from several hours to several days (super helpful, huh?), but its lifespan does shorten in higher temperatures and when exposed to the sun. In a perfect world, all surfaces should be sanitized after each use.
If you have a bit more wiggle room in your budget, consider making some long-term improvements and replace your existing handles with this disinfecting door handle. Alternatively, installing some hands free solutions, especially on bathroom doors can go a long way. As a more health conscious public emerges from lockdown, this is one impact we don't see fading anytime soon so these small investments will be worth it in the long run.
What’s the magic solution?
Wait for it…soap and water. Mind blowing, right? You can also use bleach, but it should always be diluted. When you’re buying bleach you want to make it a habit to check the sodium hypochlorite is between 5%-9%. If the bleach isn’t in this range or you can’t find the percentage, put that bleach back on the shelf!
Ratio of water vs. bleach:
5 tablespoons (⅓ cup) bleach:1 Gallon of room temperature water
4 teaspoons bleach:1 Quart of room temperature water
The aerosol approach…
Experts say that the virus also moves through the air. Yes, that means you have the air to worry about cleaning too. If your event takes place outdoors this isn’t much of an issue, but if it’s indoors we have a couple of solutions for you.
- Routine Ventilation
This one's a pretty simple one. All you have to do is open the windows regularly so there’s more air circulation. If you’ve read our 6 Feet Apart: Unique ways to keep your fans socially distanced, then you've already heard of the Vertical Theatre; it has a roof and adjustable sides designed specifically for this purpose.
- Fog Machines
Yes, you heard that right. Not just any fog machine though, a disinfecting and decontaminating fog machine. The SanoFog machine made by Sanondaf Hampshire South disinfects and decontaminates a 200m room in as quickly as 12 minutes (1,000m room in one hour). It lets out a stabilized hydrogen peroxide, killing 99.99% of viruses, bacteria, etc. in the atmosphere. It’s a sustainable choice since it leaves no chemical residue and biodegrades in water.
We’ve covered how and when to clean surfaces, and the air, but what about people? If you want to know how to make sure your fans and staff are clean, check out the Pre-Show Precautions: Entry requirements & health checks page.
As events return, we have to remember that hygiene is just as important as the entertainment itself (maybe even more so). The only way to move forward united is by making your events as safe as possible. With a hygiene plan you’re already taking a step in the right direction.