It’s been a year without a lot of public outings. Many people had to give up going to see the newest films or plays at the theater. Thankfully, movies and shows are starting up again and, if done correctly, they can provide a safe and fun experience to make visitors feel welcome.
How can these facilities operate safely? We have a few tips to keep staff and guests healthy and happy.
First, start with a plan. Odds are, staff already had a maintenance routine in place before the pandemic hit. Update this plan to focus on disinfecting procedures and make sure you put someone in charge of enforcing it.
When staff and guests arrive, implement a temperature check and enforce social distancing. This should also apply to any vendors or outside workers coming into the theater. Employees should also wear gloves and be taught the proper way to remove them.
Visible and easily accessible hand sanitizer will ensure guests and staff are keeping it clean. Advertise the use of face coverings, but be sure it is enforced. This will make the venue a safe space but also provide peace of mind to guests. The same can be said for posters reminding people to wash their hands for 20 seconds or sanitize.
The cleaning schedule may have to be adjusted. Restrooms should be disinfected several times throughout the day. Showtimes will need to be spaced out in a way that allows for sufficient cleanings in between showings. Extra care will need to be devoted to armrests and seats. Floors should not be swept, if possible, as this releases pathogens into the air. A safer more efficient way to clean is to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
And finally, all counters and terminals should provide access to hand sanitizer and disinfectant for both employees and guests to use when necessary. This is another reminder to guests that cleaning is a priority at this venue.
By doing these things, venues improve the cleanliness and safety of their theaters. Even better, when guests see these procedures being carried out, they will feel safe and comfortable enough to return time and time again.
While some sequels are a great addition, we can all agree that this pandemic doesn’t need one.