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No COVID cases reported from Barcelona’s 5,000 person gig trial

Another experimental mass event has yielded positive results

Last month, almost 5,000 people attended a gig at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi concert hall, marking Europe’s biggest concert since the coronavirus pandemic began. Now, the results are in, and they’re good.

According to Le Parisien, the organisers have announced that there was “no sign” of contagion after the event.

All attendees took same-day COVID tests, and those with negative results received a text validating their tickets for the 7PM show. On arrival, guests were asked to wear masks but didn’t have to socially distance from one another. 

Each person was then tested two weeks after the concert. Although six participants reportedly tested positive for the virus, four of them were “infected elsewhere”. Speaking at a press conference, Dr Josep Maria Llibre said: “There is no sign that any transmission took place during the event, which was the aim of this study.”

Another live music event was held in Barcelona in December, when Primavera Sound invited over 1,000 people to attend a gig without social distancing. The concert was declared a success in January when no infection rate was found. Germany also held three experimental coronavirus concerts in August last year, all of which yielded positive results.

The UK is set to join Europe in testing mass events soon, with a non-socially distanced, maskless event scheduled for Liverpool’s Sefton Park on May 2. A lucky few will also be able to return to nightclubs for an experimental evening before they (supposedly) officially open on June 21, when all restrictions are set to be lifted in the UK.