The world may never be same. At least, that’s what some of the more doom-oriented among us seem to believe.
2020 was a wild year, and for reasons that may seem obvious to those of us still living within its shadow. But for the future generations that may stumble upon these words, know that we are all very much under the threat of a global pandemic, and whatever fiscal trouble that comes next on account of it.
In order to stave off this coming calamity, some industries are going to great lengths to keep people safe. The latest example of this comes to us from Miami, where fans who wish to watch the Heat play basketball in person will find themselves having to pass a test administered by man’s best friend.
The Miami Heat are turning to COVID-sniffing dogs to screen fans at the gates.
The Heat been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some games this season where the team has allowed a handful of guests — mostly friends and family of players and staff.
Starting this week, a limited number of ticket holders will be in the seats as well, provided they get past the dogs first.
“If you think about it, detection dogs are not new,” said Matthew Jafarian, the Heat’s executive vice president for business strategy. “You’ve seen them in airports, they’ve been used in mission critical situations by the police and the military. We’ve used them at the arena for years to detect explosives.”
While the idea may seem fairly novel, similar COVID-sniffing dogs have been effectively utilized in airports from Finland to the UAE.