Covid test events linked to just 28 cases in huge boost for concerts and sport – .

Covid test events linked to just 28 cases in huge boost for concerts and sport – .

Mass event pilots have detected only 28 cases of Covid and no major outbreaks, government scientists have found.
The Events Research Program (ERP) conducted nine first pilots to test the safety of returning crowds in April and May, including the FA Cup Final and the Brit Awards.

Ministers were pressured to release details of the pilots to help the battered events industry.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and a host of figures from the beaten theater and the live music industry filed a lawsuit this week to force the government to hand over the drivers’ results.

Scientists running the program identified 28 cases at the time of the event and the following week, according to a new report.

Ten cases were recorded during indoor events, including the Circus nightclub, which hosted nearly 7,000 people over two nights.

The World Snooker Championship saw six cases recorded out of more than 10,000 participants over 17 days.

There were no cases at the BRIT Awards, which saw 3,500 people attend the event at the O2 Arena in London.

The three pilot events at Wembley Stadium, which saw a total of nearly 30,000 people attend the FA Cup Semi-Final, Carabao Cup Final and FA Cup Final combined, have recorded eight cases.

The pilot of the ERP outdoor festival in Sefton Park, which more than 6,000 people attended, saw two cases, with the Reunion 5k race in Kempton Park also recording only two cases of nearly 2,000 participants.

Leicester fans at a test event for the FA Cup final in May at Wembley Stadium

When asked if the results were reassuring, Professor Iain Buchan, University of Liverpool, said in a briefing: ‘Yes, I find it reassuring that our public health departments can put this type in place. prevention and control of epidemics when partnerships are close with the event. organizer. “

Professor Paul Monks, chief scientific adviser in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said he would not claim things were ‘rosy’ but that the prevalence of Covid cases was similar to that of the community.

No decision has been made on whether to fully reopen mass events, with an update scheduled ahead of Stage 4 of the roadmap – expected on July 19.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our innovative, science-based events research program helps us better understand how the risk of transmission during major events can be effectively mitigated.

“The results and lessons will help event planners plan for a large audience as we move to step 4 of the roadmap. “

A second phase of pilot events has come to an end, with the UEFA EURO 2020 group stage matches at Wembley Stadium, the Download Pilot music festival, the England-New Zealand test match at Edgbaston and Royal Ascot taking place this month.

Ministers are in talks on the use of Covid passports for the third phase of the program.


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