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5,000 person Barcelona pilot show had no impact on Covid spread

April 28, 2021

In news that bodes well for the UK Government’s Events Research Programme, organisers have found there was “no sign” of increased Covid-19 infections following a pilot test event with 5,000 fans at a Love of Lesbian show at Barcelona’s Saint Jordi Arena (cap. 17,000), during which there was no requirement for social distancing.

Two weeks after the show, just six cases of coronavirus were detected among attendees, medical supervisor Dr Josep Maria Llibre told a news conference.

That is equivalent to around half the infection rate among Barcelona’s general population as measured over the past two weeks, said Llibre, an internal medicine specialist at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital.

“This has not been a super-spreading event,” he said, and there were no signs that the six infections had occurred at the venue.

“These are very reassuring data and we believe that can be helpful in opening cultural activities everywhere in the world,” Llibre said.

On the day of the show, concert-goers had to take a test at one of three locations in the city and demonstrate a negative result before being allowed into the Palau Sant Jordi arena.

Attendees received their results in 10 to 15 minutes via an app on their phones. The test and a mask were included in the ticket price.

After the concert doctors called up attendees to ask if they had symptoms or had tested positive. They also cross-referenced attendees’ data with health department data, in accordance with disclaimers signed before the concert.

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