When it comes to planning any type of event, there is always one thing in common that all stakeholders aim for – a safe, secure and successful event. Whether it’s a football match, a concert or a conference, a correct plan must be put in place to ensure the safety of both the staff, attendees and any other stakeholders. Of course you cannot eliminate every single event security risk but you can put things in place to reduce the likelihood of any serious incidents, minimising the chance of any harm occurring and discouraging agitators from committing harmful acts. Any time a large group of people gets together at an event, the risk of a security threat increases. It is a shocking statistic to think that 53% of meeting and event organisers don’t have event-specific crisis management in place – the potential for harm is simply too great not to take event security seriously. So with that said, how do you ensure a successful event?
The event security industry has faced many hurdles over the past 18 months during the pandemic. One of the hardest impacts we experienced during COVID-19 was the closure of hospitality, venues and the cancellation of events all over the world. This took a huge toll on the industry and as a result left people, including security guards, out of work with no certainty of when they would be able to go back. As the world starts to open up again, the industry is facing a severe shortage of staff, which is now bringing into focus how COVID-19 has affected people in the event security industry.
Will there be enough event safety staff as soon as events re-open? We explore why the grand reopening of events may be impacted by a lack of available, licensed event staff following a year of industry closure due Covid-19.