Numerous European studies have shown: The risk of infection in indoor concert venues is negligible

The European concert and festival industry is on the road to recovery. One of the confirmations for that are as many as four independent studies, conducted in the past months in Germany and Spain. They showed that the risk of spreading the coronavirus at cultural and musical events indoors is negligibly small, even many times lower than in schools, offices and shopping malls. When the initiatives of a number of large European countries are added to that, which encourage the organizers to start planning events in 2021 by securing a guarantee fund, as well as the opening plan of Great Britain, according to which events without physical distance will be allowed from June 21, it is clear shows the direction of the restart of the entire manifestation industry.

Results research conducted by the Technical University of Berlin showed that, if measures of physical distance, hygiene and ventilation are observed – a theater, opera or museum with 30% occupancy has the lowest risk of infection of all enclosed spaces inspected. Schools, offices, and even retail stores are cited as a much bigger problem. Earlier scientific study, was conducted in November at the Concerthaus in Dortmund, which has 1500 seats. It was a continuation of the August research called Restart-19 of the University Hospital in Halle, whose results showed that with adequate ventilation in closed concert spaces, there is a very low risk of transmitting the infection. The Primavera Sound Festival is in December 2020, in collaboration with the Germans Trias University Hospital and Pujol from Barcelona and the Foundation for the Fight against Infectious Diseases, conducted research at a music event without physical distance, with mandatory PCR tests done on the day of the concert. 1,000 people took part in this event, who were tested again eight days later, and only two people were positive.

In addition to these studies, two test events in recent weeks have also shown a high level of safety. According to the preliminary results of the March pilot project, out of 1,000 people who attended concert of the Berlin Philharmonic, no one became infected. This research was initiated by the Berlin Senate, and the test concert held on March 20, in the music hall with a capacity of 1,180 seats, could only be attended by those with a negative test for the corona virus. The average time between testing and results was 12 minutes, and the price of the test was included in the ticket price.
Last week in sold out the concert of the group Love Of Lesbians was successfully held at the Palau de Sant Jordi in Barcelona in front of as many as 5,000 visitors, to check whether such events, with strict measures, can be safe despite a pandemic. All visitors had to be tested during the day, and the results arrived in 15 minutes on the mobile application.

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