British music fans gather in their thousands for a live music event without face masks or social distancing as part of the government’s Events Research Program (ERP) on Friday.
The event will provide scientific data that officials can use to determine how nightclubs and events might return to the UK this summer. This emerges from a government release
The “First Dance” event will take place in a specially converted warehouse near the docks in the northern English city of Liverpool and will feature live music acts such as Fatboy Slim and Jayda G, according to the city council.
The residents of the region can apply for tickets online and need a negative result in order to be able to participate in the event. Participants are advised to take another test five days after the event.
Normal coronavirus restrictions, such as B. social distancing, apply to attendees until they join the event. While England has eased some restrictions – including allowing outdoor dining from April 12th – large indoor events are still banned.
Yousef Zahar – a DJ and founder of the nightclub that hosted the event – said he couldn’t wait to see the dance floor break out for the first time after nightclubs closed fourteen months ago.
Zahar spoke on BBC radio on Friday morning that the event was going to be “monumental” and the response on social media had been encouraging.
“The overwhelming response is disbelief, people are really excited that they can come and dance,” said Zahar.
The city’s director of culture, Claire McColgan, said: “This has not been an easy process and it is particularly difficult as the night sector has not been open for over a year,” according to a statement from Liverpool City Council.
During the experiment, revelers will enjoy an outdoor music event in Sefton Park in Liverpool on Sunday. The BRIT Awards in London welcomes a live audience to its annual awards ceremony for the UK music industry on May 11th.
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