Practically the entire world spent a long year and a half in quarantine, experiencing fear and uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Americans are slowly returning to large-scale events across the country, such as sporting events, music concerts, and other festivals, we should make sure to keep safety in mind. Contracting COVID-19 is still a risk, especially when it comes to large crowds. Moreover, large venues come with their own unique sets of risks and challenges that existed before the pandemic.
This is particularly important for a city like Las Vegas, which is known for its concerts and sporting events. Most of the city’s venues can hold thousands of attendees. As examples, MGM Grand Garden Arena can hold up to 17,000 while T-Mobile arena holds 20,000, and Allegiant Stadium (home of the Raiders) can hold up to 65,000. Not surprisingly, the more people gathered at a large-scale event, the higher risk for harm — coronavirus-related or otherwise.
Tips to Stay Safe
While most large-scale events, statistically, are not dangerous and you should not worry about them, it is still recommended to take precautions in today’s environment. Keep the following in mind so that you and your loved ones can stay safe and enjoy your outing:
- Drink responsibly: You can absolutely choose to consume alcoholic beverages at a concert or sporting event, but understand that doing so can reduce your inhibitions. The result could be poor decisions or losing control of your actions or surroundings. Staying sober can keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way;
- Have a plan: If you and the people you came with are separated, make sure you have a meeting place where you can find each other. Depending on text messages or phone calls is not the best idea because sometimes there may be poor service, no service, a phone may be lost, or a phone battery may be dead;
- Drive or travel safe: Be sure to set a designated driver if your group plans to drink. Alternatively, plan to use a ride-sharing service or taxi. Likewise, never get into a car with a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and make sure you do not go into an unmarked cab or a car that does not match the Uber or Lyft info;
- Keep your stuff safe: Being in a place with a large crowd increases the chances of your items being stolen without you being aware of the theft. Do not take large amounts of cash, jewelry, or other expensive items with you. Also, be sure to stay alert at all times and look out for people who are acting inappropriately, seem out of place, or are being aggressive;
- Know your surroundings: Take note of your surroundings, including emergency exits, nearby hospitals, facilities with emergency supplies, etc. as knowing this can help save lives in the event of a serious situation;
- Follow the rules: Each venue has its own rules that are in place for everyone’s safety, and must be followed. Knowing these rules ahead of time can avoid frustration and problems, so check your tickets or venue for this information.
Get Help From an Attorney
If you are hurt in a large-scale Nevada event, contact the skilled Nevada personal injury attorneys at H&P Law to learn about your rights and obligations under the law.