The major impact of Covid-19 on events and festivals

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The havoc created in the name of the horrific disease covid-19 has taken a wild space around.

The year 2020 and 2021 have been like a nightmare for every one of us. We are still battling to come out from this as soon as possible. In these difficult times, everyone is going through a lot, and it is affecting us physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The disease has impacted our lives in every way possible. The events and festivals are affected too.

Influence of Covid-19

The coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on this sector, to host and attends large-scale events has been restricted across the globe. The subsequent lockdown has restricted our folks and friends from coming together for laughter and rides and games in fairs and festivals.

The people are not able to rejoice in the unforgettable moments of their lives physically. All the business meetings, conferences, sessions that may broadly be fit into one “Business Events” have been significantly affected. The cancellation of all the business events across the globe has intensely impacted a lot in revenue that we cannot predict a revival.

The events in the world have been canceled or suspended as the race to contain the novel coronavirus continues. The time before this was better than what we are going through right now. We were able to be with somebody every time. Glorifying every moment together with the people we love and care for. This time has vanished. Festivals and events are the times where everybody took off from their busy lives. To celebrate every festival together with our folks and friends and performing every ritual together.

Change in the way of celebrations

Festivals are a part of one’s religion and culture. The way to show people’s faith in their almighty and rejoice and celebrate events that hold importance for them. However, the covid-19 pandemic has brought a stop to all that and not just in India across the globe. Now we are just stuck at home and celebrating all this in the minimal amount of goods and lesser people. More inferior access to the holy places has also made people more exhausted because people find peace and hope walking up to their almighty.

Pilgrims use to visit Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of the Ganges River for the evening prayer. But now alone priest conducts the evening prayer during the government-imposed nationwide lockdown. Also, Kalighat, Dakshineshwar shut gates to devotees in Kolkata.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has chosen to drop all Songkran activities scheduled in all districts of Bangkok to limit the spread of covid-19.

Award ceremonies, conventions, conferences, trade shows, military events, religious events, sporting events, and many more got affected due to the coronavirus. All the concerts, charity events which had to take place this year got canceled.

The list is long and cannot fit into this narration.

And this led to an immense amount of loss economically and on personal levels. These events provide a vast amount of revenue to the government, but if we think about the loss our country is facing economically right now, it’s just a small number.

So, let’s not get into this. But as we always find a way to our problems. So, we did it this time too. We went online and the new era began.

The new era of events

The online era for events, classes, and meeting people started. It took a while for the people to get into these new scenarios and conditions.

But we can’t help it. It is the new normal. We got to see marriages happening online, people attending the wedding of their loved ones virtually through their phones or laptop. People celebrating festivals online because they cannot be with their families. Students at colleges and schools attending classes, and whatnot. Many international and national events are happening online lately.

Pros and Cons

But you know that every coin has two faces. So it is. The screen time has increased in the vast way possible.

The study of 11,000 RescueTime users found that people spend around 3 hours and 15 minutes a day on phones. Most people stop and check their phones 58 times a day.

So, no, your entire screen time is not affecting your efficiency, it’s how often you are picking up your phone and getting distracted.

The act of impulsive checking can be dangerous to our productivity.

Surely, we cannot do anything about it. It is what it is. But we surely can keep track of our screen time and avoid using it as much as possible.

Apart from this, the wow factor from the events is missed or cannot be replicated like before. However, we try our best for our online events just, but being in the events or festivals physically is a whole different thing.

People lose interest during events or meetings easily as there are no face-to-face interactions. People are accompanying a virtual event from home; they might have other things competing for their attention.

Living in an Indian household is not easy. Whether it’s childcare, laundry, or a knock at the door, anyone who’s attending online at home will have times where they need to walk off.

It can, therefore, be challenging for event hosts to produce content that keeps people-focused. The fun part of the event is walking the exhibit halls, seeing who you bump into, and catching up with friends you only see at events.

But as I said that this is what it is. This is the best we can do for our productivity. Virtual events don’t just make it simpler to provide information. It also makes it easier to get information.

That gives you some compelling data collection and opportunities since you can keep track of how people cooperate with the event. An online event has comparably small of those budget-busting costs. We save on a large amount of food and beverage budgets, hotel, and travel expenses.

Preventative measures to be taken

But we tend to take some safety measures during our celebrations now. After the end of the lockdown, we’ll go out, meet people, celebrate. But we should not forget about the sufferings we have gone through. Verify the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in your area, in the community where the event is being held, and in the area where guests are coming from.

The higher the numbers and rates, the larger the chance of infection and spread among unvaccinated guests. If unvaccinated guests will be visiting the event, consider having the guest list small and make sure there is sufficient room to allow guests to stay at least 6 feet apart. We know we are going through a lot. But we are in this together and we’ll come out stronger. Just keep the faith and be strong. It’s just a time. It will pass too.

So, it is all the thoughts and narration I could give you. If you like it share it with your friends and family and give your suggestions in the comments. I’ll be grateful.

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