COVID-19: Just 15 people test positive among nearly 60,000 who attended trial mass gatherings

June 1, 2021

Last week, it was reported that just 15 people tested positive for coronavirus among nearly 60,000 who attended trials of mass gatherings, including the FA Cup final and the Brit Awards, according to official figures.

Nine large-scale events were staged as part of the government’s plan to allow for the return of big crowds this summer. Those who attended were exempt from certain coronavirus rules, such as the rule-of-six.

According to reports, 15 COVID cases had been recorded out of nearly 60,000 people who attended the events. The pilot events included three football matches at Wembley Stadium – the FA Cup final which was attended by 21,000 supporters, an FA Cup semi-final and the Carabao Cup final.

 

Liverpool

Several mass gatherings were staged in Liverpool including a rave attended by 3,000 clubbers, a music festival, an outdoor cinema and an indoor business event.

At the Circus nightclub event in Liverpool, partygoers did not have to socially distance or wear face coverings.

People who attended the trial events had to produce a negative lateral flow result from that day or the day before in order to gain entry.

They were also asked to take PCR tests at home, before and after they attended the events.

Evidence from the Events Research Programme will be used by the government to shape its policy for the return of crowds to venues including theatres, cinemas and nightclubs.

A government spokesman said: “The aim of our world-leading Events Research Programme is to examine the risk of COVID-19 transmission at large events and explore how crowds can be welcomed back in bigger numbers safely.

“The pilots have been designed in a scientifically controlled way to reduce the risk of transmission for attendees. We are working closely with NHS Test and Trace to ensure everyone can be traced following a positive test.”

 

This is valid as of 1st June 2021.

Last week, it was reported that just 15 people tested positive for coronavirus among nearly 60,000 who attended trials of mass gatherings, including the FA Cup final and the Brit Awards, according to official figures. Nine large-scale events were staged as part of the government's plan to allow for the return of big crowds this summer. Those who attended were exempt from certain coronavirus rules, such as the rule-of-six. According to reports, 15 COVID cases had been recorded out of nearly 60,000 people who attended the events. The pilot events included three football matches at Wembley Stadium - the FA Cup final which was attended by 21,000 supporters, an FA Cup semi-final and the Carabao Cup final.   Liverpool Several mass gatherings were staged in Liverpool including a rave attended by 3,000 clubbers, a music festival, an outdoor cinema and an indoor business event. At the Circus nightclub event in Liverpool, partygoers did not have to socially distance or wear face coverings. People who attended the trial events had to produce a negative lateral flow result from that day or the day before in order to gain entry. They were also asked to take PCR tests at home, before and after they attended the events. Evidence from the Events Research Programme will be used by the government to shape its policy for the return of crowds to venues including theatres, cinemas and nightclubs. A government spokesman said: “The aim of our world-leading Events Research Programme is to examine the risk of COVID-19 transmission at large events and explore how crowds can be welcomed back in bigger numbers safely. “The pilots have been designed in a scientifically controlled way to reduce the risk of transmission for attendees. We are working closely with NHS Test and Trace to ensure everyone can be traced following a positive test.”   This is valid as of 1st June 2021.

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