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Security Tips for Social Gatherings & Events in 2020

As the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions continue to lift, people who have to been unable to visit friends and family may begin to plan social gatherings and parties. Additionally, events that were cancelled are beginning to be rescheduled. Large gatherings always require high-quality security; from concerts to weddings, ensuring everyone is safe and secure is top priority for organisers.

However, during the current pandemic, it is still important that you follow government guidelines so we can keep each other safe. To avoid risks of transmission and stay as safe as possible, you should always maintain a social distancing of at least 1 metre with people you do not live with, indoors and outdoors. It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes, or in a public outdoors space unless planned by an organisation in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance. Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law.

Why is it important to invest in event security?

Unfortunately, events can be attractive to terrorists, particularly because they result in large crowds and gatherings within the same public space, often with more congested crowds upon exiting. There has been a large scale of terror attacks over the past few years, such as the tremendous tragedy that occurred after a live Ariana Grande performance in the Manchester Arena on May 22nd, 2017.

During 2018, there were 15,952 deaths caused by terrorism; this represents a 53% reduction since its peak in 2014 when 33,555 people were killed in attacks. Although the number of deaths has decreased since 2014, terrorism is still a major global threat, since deaths remain substantially higher than a decade ago, and are almost three times as high as the number recorded in 2001.

How can you achieve a safe and secure event?

Sadly, there will always be a security threat when preparing a social event; with large gatherings comes the need for crowd control and security as the potential for problems are a huge risk if not taken seriously. A good security team will also help reduce the risk of damage to the venue, keeping those all-important costs down. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a successful social event…

Risk Assessment

By analysing and identifying possible risks, you are able to assess ways on minimising them. Professional risk assessments allow for the wellbeing of staff members and visitors. It is important to plan ahead and consider a plethora of different elements, such as…

  • How big will the event be?
  • How many access points are there?
  • Who is performing or speaking at the event?
  • Media can attract unwanted attention; will there be media present?
  • Does the venue have any security vulnerabilities?

Bag Checks

Checking bags after registration will reduce the risk of people bringing weapons into your premises. As well as looking for knives, guns and glass bottles, ask security to check for alcohol. Intoxicated guests can be a hazard to themselves and others and it’s much easier to keep an eye on what people are drinking if they have to purchase beverages within the venue. Moreover, if your event requires an invite, ask security to check invitations to avoid the access of unwanted guests.

Crowd Management

If your event is likely to attract a big crowd,you’ll require a plan in place to handle it. Check that there are enough available facilities and staff to limit queues. In the case of an emergency, it’s vital that you are able to keep guests calm in any given situation so don’t forget to plan an evacuation procedure.

Private Events

Commonly, organisations will publicly announce their events, even if they’re not open to the public, causing a prodigious security risk. Be sure that you do not disclose events online, especially on social media, websites and newsletters.

Taking the time to talk to security professionals is essential. You may trust your event staff, but an experienced security professional will further prevent any potential dangers.

Region Security Guarding is the perfect choice for special events, conferences, conventions, private parties, charity events, business gatherings, red-carpet events and black-tie affairs. We can coordinate security operations for well-known arenas, stadiums, major concert tours, weddings, 5 star hotels and casinos, racetracks and political gatherings. Every Security Guard and Security Officer employed by the company holds an individual SIA License and are experienced to make sure your event runs smoothly from start to end. Region Security Guarding is dedicated to providing a completely bespoke and tailored service, suited to you and your company. Protecting your business is our business.

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