No groups allowed – how we`ll produce Monday`s show

Having an audience is not going to be an option for Monday. Avoiding groups of people is one of the clearest pieces of advice from the Mexican government, so we`re certainly not going to create one. So this is our plan.

The fact is that some of the precautions we take will be completely unnecessary, others will be important. But we´re erring on the side of the caution.

– we had an audience of 30 planned. That`s now been reduced to 8.

– The show will be broadcast on the roof of our hotel in the open air.

– We`re staggering the arrival times of the guests so they`re not going to be all together at any point.

– Four guests will feature in each half hour and the first lot will leave before the others join us. All the guests will sit separately from one another.

– Mark writes ;

” i’ve had more conversations than i care to remember today about whether microphones can be contagious ? Most mics have a foam top to them so the theory went like this : what if someone who suddenly was contagious (all the guests are being asked not to come if they manifest any cough/cold symptoms), coughed or sneezed on to the mic (assuming it got through their mask too) and then somehow was passed on the mic to someone else. That would need the mic to “cough” and then the escaping germ would need to get past another mask to do any damage. After strenuous and exhaustive health and safety conversations (and fair enough) we’ve decided to wait for it…..do away with the foam altogether, and wipe the mic down with alcohol wipes in between.”


– Anyone taking part in the show will have to wear a mask.

And that, we´re told by people who know much more about this than I do, is the best way of doing a safe WHYS.

5 Responses to “No groups allowed – how we`ll produce Monday`s show”

  1. 1 steve
    April 26, 2009 at 18:37

    Good luck.

  2. 2 Nate Beck
    April 26, 2009 at 20:54

    For Monday’s show, I would like to ask Mexicans whether they feel that their government’s response has been adequate. Are they taking it seriously enough? Are hospitals and medical personnel already overwhelmed, and if so, how will it play out it it really gets bad?

  3. 3 Dennis Junior
    April 27, 2009 at 02:46

    Good Luck…Mark and the team in Mexico City…

    –I am glad that the team is taking these extra-ordinary precautions for safety and health reasons….

    -Dennis Junior

  4. 4 Amit C Javgal
    April 27, 2009 at 13:13

    Do you think that the risk is warranted? Please do be careful. Only a very tiny instance of callousness could be dangerous.

    If it is spreading so fast I wonder how long will it be till Asia gets caught by this swine flu.

    Pls. Love the show.

    Amit C Javgal
    Bangalore, India

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