How Manchester Arena will change in a post-coronavirus world

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Manchester Arena is integrating a new hygiene and safety programme - which may include social distancing, sanitation stations and contactless transactions.

The venue's managing and operating company, ASM Global, has recently announced the launch of 'VenueShield' - a series of new measures designed to protect employees, ticket-holders and tenants.

VenueShield is said to offer the "highest levels of cleanliness and safety while inspiring consumer confidence", having been created in partnership with leading medical professionals, industry experts and public health officials.

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Some of the safety concepts being considered at ASM's venues include personal protective equipment (PPE), food safety measures, air quality control, surface cleaning, social distancing, temperature checks, thermal cameras, hand sanitisers, reduced touch points, contactless transactions and daily monitoring systems.

President and CEO of ASM Global Bob Newman said he wanted everyone to feel "comfortable" at venues moving forward.

“ASM’s unique and unmatched worldwide footprint of leading convention centres, arenas, stadia and theatres provides the input, data and resources to adapt to our guests needs and expectations while further enhancing the quality of their experience in our venues.”


The ASM Global VenueShield Task Force is implementing measures in line with international healthcare guidelines, and the new policies at Manchester Arena will also be informed by local public health authorities.

Newman added: “We realise that each of our venues across the globe are economic engines for their respective communities, representing local tax revenues, travel revenues and jobs.

"We look forward to re-opening these local and regional economic foundations, stimulating local economies, and again delivering the entertainment experience that has defined us for decades.”

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