Trial suggests attending gigs no more dangerous than going shopping
Incredible news for the music industry, it’s looking more and more promising that live music can come back on a mass scale. The news comes after the government trialled mass events in the UK free of social distancing and masks.
According to early data from the trials, events without social distancing and mask wearing are as safe as sitting in a restaurant or going shopping. Preliminary data suggests that transmission could be largely reduced at events by having good ventilation and using screening where possible. This comes after large-scale pilot tests at several events such as a football match at Wembley Stadium, the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield, Festival Republic event in Liverpool and The BRIT awards in London.
On the 2nd May Festival Republic held a 5000 capacity event at Sefton Park with no restrictions, below the normal 7500 capacity. Ticket holders had to have a negative Covid-19 test to ensure safety of themselves and others at the gig before attending. After the event took place, attendees were asked to test themselves again.
It is reported that the results from the trials will be sent to ministers over the next week to help to determine the next actions of removing government restrictions.
On the 21st June, it is scheduled for all social restrictions to be removed. There is some speculation that the easing of restrictions will be pushed back due to the new variant. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this is the return to live music we all so desperately want.
Would you feel safe at a live music event with no mask?