High-Touch Surfaces

In addition to standard cleaning and disinfecting procedures, all areas of a venue should receive frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas. This increased cleaning and disinfecting should include all areas with activity including back of house areas, front of house areas and office/administration areas. The more activity, the more frequent the cleaning and disinfecting should be.

Depending on resources and size of the venue, options to accomplish the cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas may include any combination of:

  • Scheduling this work as part to an individual’s normal cleaning routine
  • Assign this work to individuals whose specific duties are to focus on high-touch areas; this may be an additional staff member or contractor
  • Separate this work between front and back of house workers in a manner consistent with collective agreements or current practices
  • Delegate this work to individual work locations (e.g. box office counter/computer, office desks/computer, lighting console and desk, etc.)

High-touch surfaces can include:

  • Door handles, handrails, push plates
  • Handrails
  • Elevator buttons—inside and out
  • Both public and desk telephones and computers
  • Water stations
  • Sink faucets and counters
  • Toilet handles
  • Washroom stall door handles and latches
  • Trash can touch points
  • Lids of containers for disposal of women’s sanitary products
  • Soap dispensers and towel dispenser handles
  • Baby changing stations
  • Vending machines

High touch surfaces specific to front of house areas can include:

  • Ticket and concession counters
  • Point of sale machines

High touch surfaces specific to back of house areas can include:

  • Backstage furniture, including tables and chairs
  • Microphones
  • Backstage and technical equipment
  • House and work light buttons and switches
  • Rope locks
  • Tools


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