The results from the pilot test weekend that saw events around the UK host over 58,000 people, have revealed that only 15 Covid cases were reported following attendance. This is the first time since the introduction of the lockdown in March last year that mass attended events have been allowed to take place.
Upon arrival guests were required to provide a negative PCR and lateral flow test before entering. The events spread around the country included two club nights, the BRIT Awards ceremony, FA cup final, a 5km run event in Surrey, the World Snooker Championship and even a festival.
The full Events Research Programme report is due to be given to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson next week and will play a pivotal role in the recommendations of reopening the events industry in the UK.With such a low number of new cases following the trials, new hope has been given to the events industry, with statements claiming that mass events are “only as risky as going shopping or eating out”.
The planned date of reopening the country on June 21st is looking promising, and the trial weekend has certainly paved the way for how events can be run safely coming out of lockdown.