After a year-long break, the Karachi Eat is back. The annual food festival is held at Beach View Park in Clifton from January 14 to 16. Although Covid’s national cases are rising and the Omicron variant is spreading, organizers are hopeful that the festival will continue.
East River, the company that owns public relations and the digital side of the festival, has put in place its plans to ensure compliance with the Covid SOPs. Special Projects head Amna Saleem said they have partnered with HANDs to provide Pfizer booster shots at the event, whereas to enter the park, festival-goers also need to provide proof of vaccination. There will be sanitizers available inside, and sponsors are asked to wear a mask and get used to keeping their distance from the public.
The festival has partnered with TicketWala to allow online ticketing to reduce the crowd at the ticket office this year. In the past festivals, the ticket line has been one of the most informal and crowded points. However, this year’s organizers also worked four gates to prevent people from entering the door. There will be bathrooms and ambulances set up in the area to allow for emergency medical emergencies. But the main chase has always been within the festival itself.
Implement SOPs :
The promoters will also be relying on those attending the festival themselves to implement SOPs and good practices, such as not squeezing in any retail space and keeping a safe distance from each other. They believe that long lines will prevent people from crowding anyway, as they will want to explore alternatives instead of waiting in line.
Waiting for a Govt decision:
The team has been in talks with government officials, and so far, they are preparing for next weekend. However, if the government decides that the festival cannot be held, the announcement will be made on the official Karachi Eat social media pages. If you are planning to go to a festival, here are some tips on how to stay safe:
- Wear a mask!
- Grab your food and find a hidden place to go and take off your mask and check it out
- Keep a healthy distance from other festival-goers while queuing
- Be sure to wash your hands regularly
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