Has COVID really been a part of our vernacular for the past two years now? Well, all we have to say about that is that’s two years too long!
- Make sure in-person attendees have enough space between them within the event design
- Combine virtual events with in-person events through hybrid events
- Event organizers should invest in event insurance in case of unexpected hiccups
- Get familiar with event industry clauses like force majeure for your in-person event
- Ask all event attendees to present a negative Covid test upon admission
- Offer attendees on-site testing while reinforcing other safety precautions
- Reinforce social distancing with floor markers and make masking up mandatory
- Use contactless event technology where you can
Pre-Covid, we weren’t nearly as worried about spreading germs or avoiding touching unnecessary surfaces. But times have changed, and with them, so have we.
Well, not entirely. We’ll still make sure your corporate hybrid event is one heck of a fun time!
And with these new health and safety protocols too, we’re giving our name Clean Comedians® a whole new meaning.
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Venue tips for making in-person event safety a top priority
So, you’ve got folks that are comfortable attending in-person events once again. That’s great! Here are a couple of helpful tips that’ll come in handy in your event planning process.
#1. Ensuring there is enough space within the venue
If you’ve ever hired a comedian before, you know that they can work a room no matter how big or small. But with Covid in mind, we’re after venues that are a little bit more Covid-friendly than before.
This might mean exploring outdoor as well as indoor event spaces. Or simply making sure that there is enough room within the venue for folks to social distance from one another.
Of course, with us, the only distance you’ll feel from attendees will be physical. With the kind of laughter we bring, you’ll feel closer to your attendees than ever before! (Emotionally, speaking.)
That’s because our particular brand of humor is only interested in uniting your group, not dividing it. From us, you can expect only clean material that is sure to strike everyone’s funny bone.
Because at Clean Comedians®, we firmly believe that you don’t need to be crude to be funny. You can actually have a great time with some good ol’ fashioned, wholesome humor!
#2. Making hybrid events the norm
With two years of little to no face-to-face interactions for some, it’s only fair that other attendees won’t feel quite as comfortable at in-person events. But what’s one of the more positive things we learned from Covid?
The power of hybrid events! This way, event participants can engage with your company whether they attend in person or join the virtual attendees at home.
And with the right corporate entertainment, you won’t have to worry about the in-person experience outranking the virtual one. Because our comedians know how to engage attendees from both near and far.
#3. Event planners should seek out event insurance
Covid has changed many things. And of those many things is none other than the events industry.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to secure event insurance in the face of unexpected events. Like new variants, a postponement, or dismissing people who test positive.
We’re always here to look out just as much for the audience as the event planners. So if your live events have to become virtual events, make sure you set up a reliable way to kickstart that backup plan.
#4. Understanding force majeure for your in-person event
On a related note, force majeure is yet another provision that can help out your in-person events and even future events. This clause relieves all parties of any responsibility in the event of uncontrollable circumstances.
It’s a nice safety net to have and a great alternative that beats the mad dash to figure things out when everything else goes haywire. So consider ensuring this clause in your venue contract just in case.
Safety measures for those looking to attend in-person events
There’s no question that in-person events will look different going forward. But keep in mind that as we go through these safety measures, you’ll still get the best of the best from us at Clean Comedians®.
#1. Require a negative Covid test for those attending in-person events
At this point, it’s not forward to request proof of vaccination status. Because, put simply, requiring proof of vaccination is just another way to reduce risk among attendees.
At event registration check-in, attendees should have to provide negative test results in order to enter. So that those attending your in-person events can feel more at ease.
Furthermore, doing this also protects your employees and any other staff on site. So it’s a conscientious decision to make all around.
#2. Offer on-site testing
If you’re able to, your in-person events should also offer on-site testing, especially since some attendees may have flown in to be there. Sure, some may see this as a minor inconvenience.
But this is the best way to ensure the success of your in-person events. And if any attendees test positive before entering the conference center, they can still enjoy the event’s proceedings as a virtual event in their hotel room.
(That’s why we recommend a hybrid event. Because you never know!)
#3. Make masking up mandatory
According to the CDC, masks continue to remain one of the best ways to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Of course, we’ll miss seeing your smiling faces as we entertain you and your attendees.
But if masking up can ensure our work at your future in-person events, then we’re happy to sacrifice seeing your pearly whites. Besides, we’ll still hear the sound of your laughter anyhow!
#4. Provide hand sanitizer stations
Hand sanitizing stations don’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to promote a sponsor’s brand or even your own company with a unique logo on the bottle!
You know attendees are going to come up to these stations at your in-person event. So why not use it as an opportunity to advertise?
#5. Follow social distancing guidelines
We know you’re probably tired of hearing the term “social distancing.” But like masks, it remains another trustworthy way to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
With this in mind, you’ll probably want to budget for fewer attendees as opposed to more attendees. But this shouldn’t put a damper on your live events experience – at least not with the right corporate comedians for hire at your in-person events!
#6. Use contactless technology
Between business travel and simply not knowing where people’s hands have been, it’s best to opt for contactless technology whenever you can. Like Apple Pay.
It doesn’t have to be a big whole hairy deal trying to fumble through one’s wallet when purchasing a souvenir from the conference. Instead, it can be as quick and simple as a tap of a card.
Besides, you don’t want guests to wait in line any longer than they have to. Especially when you’ve got plenty of other activities lined up for your in-person events.
Why Clean Comedians® is excited to be back
We have loved participating in virtual events with you all – don’t get us wrong. But there’s something magical about in-person events that can’t be replicated any other way.
At Clean Comedians®, our passion is to inspire laughter amongst your group. Of course, we’ve shared a couple of laughs at virtual events.
But our corporate performers have so much more to offer when they’re face-to-face with you. Our mission to provide clean and hilarious content has remained steadfast through the pandemic.
Because now more than ever, we need to laugh. There has been so much going on in the last few years whether personally, professionally, or both.
People’s lives have irrevocably changed. But that doesn’t mean we can’t put a smile on your face nonetheless.
As with all of our clients – whether for virtual events or live events – we take the time to research your organization before the events ensure. This way, we can deliver tailor-made comedy to your in-person audiences and connect more personally with those at the event.
While the world was already divided enough, Covid had to come up and literally break us apart. But our comedy is here to do the exact opposite – bring your group closer together.
We do this by following three simple rules:
- No profanity
- No politics
- No prejudice
Because why would you want any of those P-words at your event anyway? Of course, any number of things can go awry when it comes to the world of live events.
But with a clean comedian by your side, you can rest assured that your event is in safe hands. We know how to transition unexpectedly awkward situations or make light of a mishap that would otherwise linger in the air as a prolonged embarrassment.
So when it comes time to return back to your live events, consider Clean Comedians® for your corporate entertainment. We’ve got plenty of performers ready to welcome you back into the space.
Between our comedy magicians, funny keynote speakers, and corporate comedians, you’re guaranteed to find an act you’ll absolutely fall in love with!
Looking forward to seeing you!
While it may be too early to tell, we’re willing to take the risk and say that in-person events are back – and safer than ever! Truly, after two years away, we really couldn’t be more excited to engage with you in person.
While the virtual events have been fun – and continue to be – there’s nothing like an in-person event to truly bring everyone together. And we can’t wait to be a part of that moment with you.
Adam Christing is a professional comedy magician, virtual MC, and the founder of CleanComedians.com. He is a member of the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and a popular corporate entertainer, magician, and virtual speaker.