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Brit Awards 2021: records zero covid cases as part of government test scheme

The recent 2021 Brit Awards ceremony, held as part of the government’s Events Research Programme, has registered zero Covid cases.

This year’s edition of the ceremony had a live audience of 4000 fans which was largely comprised of NHS and key workers. The audience was not required to wear masks of social distance, as they had provided a negative coronavirus test beforehand.

As reported by the Evening Standard, no cases of the virus have been linked to the BRITs. Additionally, only 15 positive results came from the 58,000 people who took part in the government’s research events. 

Two cases were linked to this month’s Blossoms gig at Liverpool’s Sefton Park, which 5000 people attended. Nine other cases came from The First Dance, the city’s two-day clubbing pilot.

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden hailed the results as “a real success” and said he was “very hopeful” that venues would be able to reopen without restrictions on June 21st, vis-a-vis the government’s “roadmap out of lockdown”.

However, the government are still collecting data from other events before Prime Minister Boris Johnson presents a report to the public.

The government has recently commissioned a second set of trial events, and this time they will host larger audiences. This comes shortly after Festival Republic boss, Melvin Benn, revealed plans for a 10,000-capacity festival event in the “middle of June”.

Benn explained: “While the club shows and the Sefton Park pilot (in Liverpool) were effectively events that were designed to ensure the enablement of reopening on June 21st, the camping event, because it’s three or four days, will actually be about testing the protocol of how to deal with anyone that might have Covid at the event”.

Benn, who runs Reading and Leeds Festivals, carried on: “It’s about testing the protocols around using Covid certification on the NHS app, and it’s also around testing the protocols of what the SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) scientists here in the UK want, which is at-home testing for all attendees that don’t have the vaccination and that are not immune.”

The festival organiser also revealed that he believes that “festival season really can happen” this summer. Reading, Leeds, Latitude and Wireless are just some of the UK festivals scheduled to return this summer.

Watch footage from Blossoms Sefton Park gig, below.

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