Live Events & Arenas
Large live events such as trade fairs, national conferences, concerts and nightclub events have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and many events all over the world were forced to cancel during periods of restrictions, in order to prevent transmission. However, these events are now allowed to take place and so appropriate mitigations should be put in place in order to keep everyone safe.
Specific risks during live events
Aerosol (what we breathe out) builds up in a short period of time from people breathing. It builds up the same way smoking used to in such indoor settings, but Covid infected breath (aerosol) is invisible. Viral load is higher because of there being more people, at closer proximity, with more talking, singing and shouting.
Congested areas such as entrances, turnstiles, toilets and corridors create a larger risk of transmission as a large quantity of people pass through, increasing the likelihood of transmission via aerosols.
Poor ventilation arrangements
Many buildings still rely on HVAC systems which recirculate air. Using these systems mean that airborne pathogens such as COVID-19 can be spread throughout the building quickly, leading to increased transmission.
How to achieve better biosafety and compliance during live events and in arenas
The interior air quality has to be priority given the nature of the hazard, so inside environments now will need to reassess potential:
- Ventilation airflow rate rates
- Ventilation system filters
- Ventilation Methodology
- The reliable supply of uncontaminated, fresh air
- Risk of exposure to bio-aerosols
- Compliance for “Adequate Ventilation” OR use HEPA Filter or Ultraviolet Based Devices.
As professional engineers, scientists and medics, we know intimately how to target the infection risks by designing bespoke solutions, combining established and proven engineering and health technologies, to take your biosafety to a new level.
We are able to assess your building configuration, engineering infrastructure, occupancy use and risks. We then will model and engineer a bespoke solution to suit your asset and user requirements. Most venues can be made highly covid-assured with high levels of “air-security” against the virus very economically, through the use of:
- Better ventilation strategy, airflow, air distribution and filtration.
- In-duct GUV devices in HVAC systems– One way to counteract the spreading of disease is with efficient air circulation systems, which will be fitted with UV-C devices in order to kill any airborne microbes while the air is recirculated through it. For large venues such as Night-Clubs, Theatres, Concert Halls, Arenas, this is a highly effective, safe and low-cost intervention.
- Upper Room GUV systems and Medical Grade HEPA Filters– these can be put in place to reduce localised spreading of the diseases in key higher-risk locations. When correctly specified and blended with a primary building ventilation system improvement, these together wil reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19 and future pathogenic risks, significantly.