A trial reopening for live music with 5,000 attendees was recently carried out with great success in Spain’s Barcelona and not long after around 3,000 revellers aged 18 to 20 danced to pounding music in a warehouse on the Liverpool docks. They were in close contact with each other and no one was wearing masks.
All those present at the evening event had to test negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours of the event before being allowed in.
“We’re excited. We’re all on the verge of tears ready to go in,” a student called Josh told the BBC while queuing outside the venue. The two-day event is part of a pilot scheme to see how more venues can be reopened safely. It also included a soccer cup final attended by 8,000 people on Sunday at London’s Wembley stadium.
Scientists who ran a pilot test at a Love of Lesbian concert in Barcelona, that was attended by a live audience of 5,000 spectators, have established that these events are not covid super-spreaders as first thought. The concert took place at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on March 27. All the spectators wore masks but did not observe any physical distance and were packed together as is normal in these types of musical events.
The data produced by Dr. Josep Maria Llibre, member of Fundació Lluita contra la Sida i les Malalties Infectious i l’Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, indicated that after the concert only six infections were detected, of which, through a subsequent follow-up, it was determined that four were not due to attending the event.
Researchers in the UK will now accumulate data from these events to see how approaches to social distancing and ventilation affect the spread of the virus. Non-essential retailers in England reopened on April 12 along with pubs and restaurants operating outdoors, and from May 17 restrictions will be lifted further to include indoor hospitality, performances and sporting events.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to lift the lockdown entirely in June. While Britain has rolled out COVID-19 vaccines much faster than most of its European peers, it has recorded more than 127,000 COVID-19 deaths, the fifth-highest death toll globally.