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Virtual Event Safety Summit Set for Dec. 7-11, 2020

PLSN Staff • News • November 30, 2020

USA – With the bright promise of effective vaccines shining at the end of a brutally punishing Covid-19 tunnel, the live events industry is struggling to hang on long enough for concerts, trade shows and festivals to come rushing back. And while topics for discussion include how to reopen safely, the 2020 Event Safety Summit, set for Dec. 7-11, will have to remain online only this year.

More details from ESA (

As a result of the ‘New Abnormal’ we’ve been living through since March, health and safety is more in the spotlight than ever before. Issues we thought we understood have been complicated by the need for social distancing, face coverings, and new sanitary standards. Once we figure out how to reopen safely, the issue of economic viability must be addressed. This is on top of the usual concerns such as crowd management, production safety, employee training, contracts, and insurance. While most of us wait for our opportunity to return, the time to start preparing is NOW.

Since we cannot physically be together, The Event Safety Alliance’s Event Safety Summit will be held entirely online. And since there is so much to discuss, we have scheduled an entire week of conversations with subject matter experts, including opportunities to chat with them directly.

The program features more than two dozen sessions, live Q&A with presenters, virtual networking opportunities, an exhibitor area, and more. Best of all, you won’t have to miss a moment because all sessions will be accessible for 30 days after the event, so you can catch up on the action at a time that is right for you.


Dates: December 7-11, 2020

Times: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM Daily (EST)


  • Considerations for Planning an Emergency Egress
  • The Basics of Risk Management and Safety in the Next Normal
  • Take it Outside: Considerations for Outdoor Events During COVID-19
  • Safety Leadership: Selected Thoughts
  • The Performer’s Role in Safety
  • Event Insurance in a Post-COVID World
  • The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare For It: Advanced Concepts in Emergency Egress
  • Documentation for Increased Safety
  • Event Plans That Work for Everyone
  • Chalk and Steel: Ground Rigging Safety
  • Fundamentals of Tent Safety
  • The Art of Your Deal: Explaining the Contract Language You See Every Day
  • The Post-Pandemic Future of the Live Events Sector
  • Staying Safe While Getting Loud: Understanding SPL, Sound Exposure and Loudness Perception in Concert Sound
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response
  • Five Cardinal Rules of Performer Flying
  • To Play, or Not to Play: Decision-Making for the 2020 NCAA Football Season
  • The Human Element: Unpacking the New DIME-ICE Model of Crowd Management
  • Nothing More Costly than Something Free: Fostering a Safe and Effective Volunteer Workforce
  • Local Solutions to Global Problems
  • Crisis Communications for the Live Event Industry
  • When in Rome: What to Know Before you Go to a New-to-you Venue
  • The Language of Safety
  • Top 10 Theatrical Safety Terrors and How to Tame Them
  • In the Bubble: Teachable Moments from the NBA’s Experience in Orlando
  • Planning Through Tough Times: Figuring Out Your COVID-19 Response (Live Workshop)


Registration for this five-day virtual event is just $99 for ESA members, $125 for non-members. Members will also receive year-round access to the Summit content and an exclusive discounted rate for our 2021 Event Safety Summit.

Registration is now open at

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Instagram: @eventsafetyalliance

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