This morning (15th of May) in Cologne a group of representatives of the events industry, decided to set up a demonstrative event on the Roncalliplatz in Cologne. Under the title „Veranstaltungen sind möglich!“ - "Events are possible!" they showed options and potential solutions of how events can take place.
The demonstration itself was supposed to be a model event with nearly all relevant technical and staffing infrastructure.
Things they did:
Visitors had to preregister and sign a declaration for the public health department to save their personal data for future contact tracing of up to 21 days.
Floor graphics marking for social distancing in the queue including required disinfection dispensers.
Each guest was brought to their seats one by one after a quick check from the securities.
All seats with a distance between 1,5m to each other.
They had different speakers from the industry and politics that all agreed that it was time to reopen the event industry sooner rather than later.
Here the translation of what they demanded:
Dirk Nossback, the host of the event also plead with the politicians. "We demand from the politicians: Action! Approve an event that has an agile safety concept. And this is what we want to demonstrate: There are ways of reducing the infection rate - frankly under the acceptable risk of the purchase of toilet paper in supermarkets. That is what we can do. This is what we demonstrate her. The risk is moderate. In our view it is completely irrelevant what type and size an event is. An event with 100 people is small and possibly dangerous, when you have no idea how to ensure safety. An event with 5.000 people is large but can also be safe - when agile safety concepts is in place. Which is why we demand: Events are possible, they just have to be allowed to take place. And in the direction of administration and politics: Lets talk to each other, design clear event formats and criteria for health and safety concepts, and then step away from a fundamental band of events. It should be checked individually whether an planned event format is safe.