If you’re headed to the stadium, whether for a sports game, concert, or another large event, you’ll want to follow these tips to stay safe. Fortunately, stadiums are large venues with enough room for people to spread out and social distance at events. This is harder to do at smaller venues but is key to staying safe. There are other precautions people can take to stay healthy, like wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) and making sure to wash their hands. This article will highlight all the ways you can stay safe at the next stadium event you attend. There are a variety of different methods to staying healthy, including the following:
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Practice social distancing when it’s possible, maintaining six feet between people.
- Sanitize your hands and surfaces regularly.
- Wear personal protective equipment, such as face masks and shields.
- Limit time in stores and restaurants.
- Follow guidelines set out by the venue.
- Pay attention to stadium rules and any signage.
- Use technology when it’s available to contract trace and to get additional information.
Health Risks in Stadiums
There are a greater number of risks in leaving your house when you go to highly populated areas. If the stadium you’re visiting has limited capacity, it will be a safer situation. Either way, every time you leave your house, you risk getting sick. Airborne viruses can spread quickly in crowds, especially if PPE and social distancing measures aren’t present. By choosing to go to a stadium, you are accepting the risks associated with it. Outdoor stadiums are a much safer option than indoor stadiums with restricted airflow. Consider this before you decide to go to an event. The more people and surfaces you interact with, the greater your chances of becoming infected or sick.
How to Stay Safe
There are a wide variety of tips and tricks for staying safe at the stadium. Many of them are similar to how you would behave in other public places, like the grocery store or a movie theater. Each suggestion is meant to keep you and others around you safe. Of course, if you’re feeling ill, then you’ll want to stay home to protect yourself and others. It’s also essential to think about the consequences of your social choices regarding the people you live with or interact with daily. Once you’ve decided you’re healthy and willing to take a risk to visit a stadium, try following these tips to stay safe.
Stay Home When Sick
First and foremost, if you are under the weather, it’s best to stay home. If your symptoms persist, you should consider seeking medical attention. Staying home while sick will protect others from catching whatever you have, and you will most likely heal faster with rest.
Many stadiums might already have social distancing measures in place, like limited capacity and spacing between seating. They might use markers on the floor to indicate where people should line up for the concession stands and restroom. Follow these signs as much as you can. Where there aren’t already measures in place, try to remain six feet apart from any other people. Social distancing at concerts and sporting events has become commonplace this past year.
Sanitize Hands and Surfaces
Sanitizing is one of the easiest ways to stay safe in stadiums. Wash your hands often, especially after touching handles and doors or before eating. If you can’t make it to a bathroom to wash your hands with warm, soapy water, then hand sanitizer is a good alternative. Bring some with you to make sure you always have it on you. As a guest of the stadium, you probably won’t be sanitizing other surfaces. But staff around you will be, and you can bring your own sanitizing wipes if you’d like. Sports stadiums are utilizing sneeze guards to protect staff and guests by providing a plexiglass barrier. These slow the spread of airborne viruses and should be regularly sanitized as well.
Wear Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment can be a very effective way to stay safe when out in public. Especially if you are surrounded by people, which you very well might be at a stadium. The most common PPE you would probably see in a stadium setting would be face coverings, face shields, and gloves. The face protection prevents airborne particles from being spread through the eyes, nose, and mouth. Gloves can help to avoid touching any surfaces that could have germs on them. Just remember not to touch your face with the gloves and still correctly wash your hands once you’ve removed them.
Limit Time In Stores and Restaurants
Many stadiums have retail stores, restaurants, and other designated spaces within their complex. There are some safety guidelines to be aware of in these spaces. Retail safety challenges can vary from those in restaurants, so be mindful of how you can behave safely in either environment. In stores, sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting. Limit touching items to a minimum. Maintain social distancing while you shop, and avoid trying anything on in the store. Use contactless pay if possible.
If the stadium has a restaurant, you’ll want to follow the safety guidelines they have set out. Concession stands may operate with similar safety procedures of a self-serve restaurant, utilizing sneeze guards to protect its staff and food from customers. If there is a sit-down option, the restaurant may use a QR code instead of a hard copy menu, and they may require you to wear face coverings when speaking with the waitstaff. Tables should be socially distanced. If there is an outdoor option, that is always safer than eating indoors. The restaurant may also limit how many people are allowed at each table.
Use Technology When Available
Furthermore, apps can tell you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tested positive for a virus. Many states and countries are using this technology to help with contact tracing. Another way to use technology is to access information without having to interact with other people. Stadiums can make great use of technology in these ways.
Recommendations for Stadiums
There are several rules and regulations that stadiums can follow to keep their guests safe. While patrons should do everything they can to stay healthy, the venue should also provide the safest possible environment. Here are a few ideas as to how stadiums can keep people healthy and safe:
- Limit capacity by selling smaller amounts of tickets.
- Block off rows and seats to allow for social distancing.
- Use signage to direct the flow of people and keep lines safely distanced.
- Marking designated paths as one-way.
- Prioritizing outdoor venues when possible.
- Creating cleaning and sanitizing protocol that is up to code.
There isn’t one easy solution to staying safe if you attend an event at a stadium. But if you put all of these measures together, you will have the best possible outcome. Creating a safe experience can be achieved by social distancing, sanitizing, wearing PPE, and following any rules set out by the venue. Stadium safety is at its best when everyone works together and takes their own precautions.