Harlequins installs Cube’s Event Hand Sanitiser Stations at Rugby’s First Crowd Pilot

Harlequins installs Cube’s Event Hand Sanitiser Stations at Rugby’s First Crowd Pilot

Harlequins installs Cube’s Event Hand Sanitiser Stations at Rugby’s First Crowd Pilot

On Saturday 5th September, Harlequins welcomed 2,700 season ticket holders, chosen by ballot, for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown. The selection of The Stoop as a host venue followed a detailed assessment of submissions by Premiership Rugby to the Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Working closely with the relevant authorities, Harlequins ensured extensive measures were put in place, in line with government guidelines, including the promotion of hand hygiene through the use of Cube Modular’s event hand sanitising stations.

event hand sanitiser stations
event hand sanitiser stations

The Gallagher Premiership rugby clash against Bath Rugby was the first rugby match with a crowd following the launch of a series of pilot events throughout elite English sport for the return of spectators.

Ahead of the game, Head of Rugby, Paul Gustard, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Bath to The Stoop as we are privileged to be the first club to have crowds back in the stands. It is reflective of the progressive nature of the Club and testament to the work of our staff behind the scenes to see this pilot event take place.”

To ensure the event was held to the highest safety standards for all attendees, stewards made sure social distancing was adhered to everywhere in and around the stadium, with supporters only able to sit in the seat allocated to them. Facemasks were also compulsory, except when eating or drinking. Fans were able to use a QR code to order their food and beer from their seats, with cashless payments implemented.

event hand sanitiser stations
event hand sanitiser stations

 Cube’s rugby-branded ‘Don’t Pass It On’ event hand sanitiser stations utilised at the Harlequins’ ground were first seen across the road at Twickenham Stadium in March at the Six Nations. Available on an event rental basis, similar hand hygiene-promotion stations are being deployed during the COVID-19 outbreak at sports venues and events across the UK, including Premier League football clubs, England Cricket test matches and well-known racecourses.

Additional safety & welfare measures in place at The Stoop included advanced ticket bookings, ID and temperature checks on arrival, the filling in of health questionnaire forms as well as providing details for the track and trace system.

If pilot matches like these prove to be successful, the government hopes to allow fans to return to watching live sport by October.

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Cube Supports First Pilot Crowd Scheme Event With Hand Sanitiser Stations

Cube Supports First Pilot Crowd Scheme Event With Hand Sanitiser Stations

Cube Supports First Pilot Crowd Scheme Event With Hand Sanitiser Stations

The first phase of the pilot crowd scheme, to test Government guidance on crowds returning to sport, was held at The Oval Cricket Ground last weekend. It saw 1,000 spectators watch Surrey play Middlesex and was deemed “a definite success” by Surrey chief executive Richard Gould.

Cube was on hand to support the event with its hand sanitiser stations strategically placed at the ground’s entrance points.

The stand-alone and highly branded units help venues and events mitigate the spread of the virus and have been deployed at sports grounds, businesses, hospitals and retail venues throughout the UK.

hand sanitiser station at oval crowd pilot scheme
hand sanitiser station at oval crowd pilot scheme

 

Further pilot crowd schemes which were planned for other sporting events have since been cancelled due to the recent coronavirus upsurge.

The final day of the Goodwood racing festival, an event for which Cube also provided hand sanitiser stations, and the Snooker World Championships will no longer be able to welcome spectators. Both events will now take place behind closed doors.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the decision at a press briefing, “I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional… that we would not hesitate to put the brakes on if required. Our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal.”

The crowd pilot scheme was set up by the UK Government to allow spectators at a small number of sporting events. A move forward to help venues safely reopen their doors to fans.

Guidelines for the scheme included seating arrangements to allow for social distancing, crowd control measures for entering and exiting venues, additional hygiene facilities and screens and barriers at catering units and betting kiosks, where social distancing was not possible.

Elite sport has been closed to spectators in the UK since March 23 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

hand sanitiser station at oval crowd pilot scheme
hand sanitiser station at oval crowd pilot scheme
hand sanitiser station at oval crowd pilot scheme

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