Are Escape Rooms safe during OMICRON?

2/23/2022 - Written by Luchas Arie

The short answer is yes.

We will dive deeper and give you 5 reasons why Escape Rooms are some of the safest entertainment experiences you can have during the pandemic, and answer all your other questions.

Firstly, let’s explain what escape rooms are. They are private experiences where you and your team solve riddles, find clues, and work together to complete an interesting objective, which changes depending on the Escape Game. The common objective is to escape the room you're locked in, but nowadays many games have more interesting goals.

   Before you attend an escape room, make sure you check their FAQ or with them directly to see their procedures they are taking to be safe. Escape Rooms are not forced to all follow the exact same procedures between different locations.

1. Escape Rooms are private, and groups are small.

In most entertainment forms, such as cinemas, theme parks, and Lan Houses, you are exposed to many different strangers, and this increases your risks of contamination. Escape Rooms won't expose you to strangers, and due to the staff taking very careful prevention measures, the chances of you even being in contact iwth someone who's exposed is very low.

2. Escape Rooms are cleaned before you arrive

Before you enter your game, you can be guaranteed that the rooms have been disinfected to the best of their (the Gamemasters) ability.

We at Escape Room Era have been extremely strict about cleaning the environment between every game. During the initial panic, when everyone was buying up all the cleaning supplies we were not worried.

Already in stock were buckets of lysol wipes we had purchased almost a year earlier. It was and is a standard to wipe every single surface that someone could possibly touch.

We as well as many escape rooms are following guidelines issued by the CDC for disinfectants able to kill the Covid virus.

3. Escape Rooms are equipped with air purifiers to clean the air between games.

The CDC agrees that an air filter equipped with HEPA air filters can clean the air from COVID-19 at 100% efficiency. This is because the coronavirus is 0.125 microns large, and the HEPA filter blocks particles as small as 0.1 microns at 100% efficiency. Pretty much, certain air filters work well and we use them. In fact, we have at least 3 in every escape room.

According to the CDC, recent laboratory studies have indicated that re-aerosolization of bioaerosols from HEPA and N95 respirator filter material is unlikely under normal conditions. Meaning once the filter cleans the air, the bad stuff is not able to harm anyone again.

4. Escape Games are spaced out to provide ample time for cleaning.

There are many businesses people are visiting during this time. Restaurants with outdoor seating, grocery stores, hardware stores, retail stores, and many others. Each of these businesses do not have any waiting period between groups, as well as none of them being private. In the past escape room appointments were spaced 1.5 hours or sometimes less in between games.

Even as little as 1 hour! Literally no time to clean the games. We at Escape Room Era spaced out the games to be 2 hours and 15 minutes between every game. There is ample time for proper reset and disinfection. Most escape rooms are doing something similar.

5. Escape Rooms enforce masks and give hand sanitizer.

Masks (you know what kind) and hand sanitizer are proven to at least reduce the risk and spread of Covid from person to person.

Some escape rooms are also reporting temperature checks for their employees, as well as customers on arrival.

Temperature checks should never be a replacement for preventative measures as some people do not have symptoms while they are able to transmit the virus.

At Escape Room Era we instruct all guests to wear their masks on for the duration of their game, we also provide hand sanitizer as well.

We are hosting games contact free, so taking a temperature check is impossible with us due to our customers never coming face to face with any of our Gamemasters.

With proper procedures we firmly believe that escape rooms can be the safest form of out-of-home entertainment for you and your family.

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Escape Room Era has been providing premier family-friendly immersive and challenging escape room experiences for the novice or enthusiast since February 2017.

In these completely private live games, participants use their team building, deductive reasoning, and problem-solving skills to beat the clock.

Players must quickly work together to find clues, solve a series of puzzles and riddles, and crack codes to ultimately accomplish their assigned mission within one hour.

Whether players consist of co-workers, family, friends, or schoolmates, they’ll be bonded by their memorable experience at Escape Room Era.

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