The guidelines for mass-gatherings during COVID-19 was provided by the Canadian government last week before government restrictions were put in place, officially closing events with more than 250 people. At the time, I was in the midst of leading my student union in planning our Dodgeball Tournament and annual Formal banquet, yet the situation surrounding COVID-19 was still unclear.
As the President of my team, I needed to decide whether or not it was safe to continue our event. I came across this guideline and it helped to give a better understanding of the risks involved for holding our events that involved physical activity and close interaction between different demographics of people.
The guidelines outlined:
- Characteristics of the Events
- Risk considerations
- Weight (severity of risk to COVID-19)
Simple Information that allowed for Informed Decision Making
The simple chart provided by the guidelines laid out all of the risks by assigning the severity of the risk to each consideration, it gave a better understanding of what actions to take (whether or not to cancel the event).
Right now, people are heavily reliant on the government to take action when many of the preventative measures can immediately be taken and started from the grassroots at the individual scale.
- Give simple guidelines with clear calls to action for individuals to follow
- Allow people to identify and categorize their situation and take the appropriate action necessary
- University students are the most connected to COVID-19 updates from university updates, social media networks and friends, but other demographics have less exposure such as seniors