How Local Venues are Ensuring Their Guest’s Safety During the Pandemic
Last week, Rockville Chamber of Commerce held their Meet & Mingle for the first time since March with a physically distancing in-person event and virtual Zoom event for local business and civic leaders at Visarts’ Rooftop in Rockville.
Visarts is a nonprofit organization that aims to connect the Rockville community to visual arts. Visarts provides art classes and exhibits, and also serves as a venue for social events. At this event, we were able to speak to Mary Liniger, the Director of Events and Sales at Visarts. Mary manages the venue’s private and social events to make sure that they run smoothly and safely. These events include, but are not limited to weddings, bar/bat-mitzvahs, and corporate events.
The pandemic has put a toll on nonprofits everywhere, but Visarts is lucky enough to be able to serve as a venue as well. Mary spoke to us about how Visarts was able to open for events again, while making sure that their guests were comfortable and safe. Besides cutting the size and length of events, Mary has implemented various creative ways to keep the guests safe without taking away the fun. One of these methods is what she calls the “safety dance.” This is where vinyl footprints are placed on the dancefloor six feet apart to help guests continue to social distance while dancing.
As people start venturing back out into the public for celebrations and events, it is important to remember that safety is still a priority. With people like Mary and venues like Visarts, it is becoming easier to feel a sense of normalcy while still remaining safe.
Published by Timothy Fahey; and written by Eric Schwartz a freelance writer and public relations and political science major. Timothy Fahey is branding and design professional, designer, professor, blogger, videographer and owner of Dirigo Agency Inc., a company focused on helping business owners use branding, design, and content to market their business. He has worked in the agency business since 1986 and served both local and global brands. His passion is to collaborate with others to create content more strategically so they get the recognition and results they desire through content marketing efforts.