As expected the lockdown in Sydney is to be extended for another four weeks.
I figured that now is a good time to reflect on how we got to this point. Not how Golden Gladys didn’t shut down Sydney’s eastern suburbs when this outbreak started spreading, but how the virus got there in the first place.
As event managers we always work on risk analysis and contingency plans. So imagine you are tasked with managing accommodation for aircrew in Sydney. You would do a what if scenario and ask a series of questions.
Q1: How long do the aircrew need to be accommodated for?
A1: Generally overnight or up to 12 hours.
Q2: Can we accommodate them at the airport?
A2: There are a number of hotels adjacent to the international and domestic terminals.
Q3: Can we use those hotels exclusively for short term aircrew accommodation, thus separating them from those returning travellers who need to be accommodated for 14 days?
A3: Yes Minister.
Q4: Let’s assume that the aircrew are infected with COVID-19. What is the best way to transport them to that accommodation without risking transmission to the driver?
A4: In a vehicle that has a physical barrier between the driver and the passengers.
Q5: Has that been done in other countries already?
A5: Yes Minister.
Q6: Would this prevent an outbreak in Sydney?
A6: Yes Minister.
Q7: Should we get an event manager to run this operation?
A7: FFS. Yes Minister.