According to the test results from Liverpool’s four pilot events and London’s BRIT Awards, which took place in late April and earlier this month, “no impact” has been made on the spread of the virus following the mass gatherings, as Mixmag reports.
More than 13,000 people attended two nightclub events, a music festival and a business conference in April and May.
Eleven people later tested positive for coronavirus, though less than half of all the attendees returned a PCR test.
Liverpool public health director Matt Ashton said the trials were “undoubtedly a success”.
The BRIT Awards was attended by 4,000 in a non-socially distanced, no mask required event earlier in May. The audience, which comprised mostly of key workers and NHS workers, had to provide a negative test before entering. No positive cases came as a result of this event.
Meanwhile, only two people tested positive after heading to Liverpool’s 5,000 capacity festival at Sefton Park in April. The city hosted four test events over the course of a week as part of the Events Research Programme (ERP), which has now been regarded as a success.
A total of 58,000 people attended all the events, which also included a business festival attended by over 13,000 and two nightclub pilots. Reports show that only 15 people tested positive out of everyone who attended the group of events.
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