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Government trial events resulted in no cases of Covid-19 transmission ONS reports!!

August 25, 2021

The Change Business for Good Conference at the ACC in Liverpool (149 delegates / no social distancing at all !!) and the Home and Gift Buyers Festival at Harrogate Convention Centre, attendance ranged from 1,036 to 3,205 per day, did not report any cases of attendees being infected by Covid around the time of either event, see HERE. The data does not necessarily mean that there were no transmissions at either event, as figures less than 5 were suppressed due to disclosure rules, but it does mean that transmissions were very close to, if not actually, zero at both events.

And data from the 37 pilot events that made up the Events Research Programme, including sporting events, music concerts and theatre, found case numbers were “largely in line with or below” community infection rates. This mirrors evedence from around the world, for example an event in Barcelona, Spain mirrored these results, see HERE.

The ONS (Office for National Statistics) prevalence rate at the time of the Liverpool event, i.e., the estimated average percentage of the population that had Covid-19 at the time of the event, was 0.08 per cent.

For the Harrogate event in July the prevalence rate was considerably higher, at 1.57 per cent, with attendance ranging from 1,036 to 3,205 per day across the four days of the event, yet there were still no reported cases.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the data shows major events can be conducted safely.

“We’ve shown that we can reintroduce mass sports and cultural events safely, but it is important that people remain cautious when mixing in very crowded settings,” he said.

Here at Cavendish Venues we have implemented some of the most rigorous Covid safety measures possible see HERE. As a small group of venues who have been in business for 25 years, we are proud of the customer service we offer, some 84% of our turnover was made up from returning customers. We are committed to putting our customers first always.

 

 

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