The way forward for dwell music? 5,000 attend rock live performance in Barcelona after COVID-19 display

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — If one neglected the white face masks dotting the tightly packed crowd of music lovers, it was virtually like pre-pandemic instances in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi live performance corridor Saturday evening.

5 thousand rock followers loved a real-as-can-be live performance after passing a same-day coronavirus screening, to check its effectiveness in stopping outbreaks of the virus at giant cultural occasions.

The one rule contained in the present was the strict use of the high-quality face masks offered by the live performance organizers.

“We have been in a position to evade actuality for some time,” stated 40-year-old Jose Parejo. “We have been inside our small live performance bubble. And we have been even in a position to keep in mind again in time when issues like this one have been regular. Issues that these days aren’t that standard, sadly.”

The present by Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the particular permission of Spanish well being authorities. Whereas the remainder of the nation was restricted to gatherings of not more than 4 folks in closed areas, the concertgoers have been in a position to combine freely.

The musicians have been additionally swept up within the second.

“It’s been a 12 months and half since we final set foot on a state of affairs as a band,” singer Santi Balmes advised the group. “That is so. … a few of the musicians are crying over right here.”

Ticket patrons selected between three venues in Barcelona the place they might take a fast antigen check on Saturday morning. These with detrimental outcomes received a code on their cellphones validating their tickets for the 7 p.m. present.

Folks with coronary heart illness, most cancers, or those that have been in touch with somebody contaminated by COVID-19 in current weeks have been requested not to enroll.

Organizers stated it was the primary industrial occasion with an viewers that large held in Europe through the pandemic.

The present was bought out. The tickets, starting from 23-28 euros ($27-33), included the price of the check and the face masks that was compulsory besides when consuming or consuming in designated areas.

The live performance was backed by native authorities and by specialists of Barcelona’s The Combat AIDS and Infectious Ailments Basis, which additionally organized a case examine round a smaller live performance of 500 folks in December. They stated that the outcomes of that preliminary case examine confirmed that pre-screening with antigen exams and the usage of face masks succeeded in stopping infections contained in the live performance regardless of there being no social distancing guidelines.

“That is one other small step towards with the ability to maintain live shows and cultural occasions” through the pandemic, stated Dr. Boris Revollo, the virologist concerned within the design of the well being protocols.

Along with being 10 instances bigger than the live performance in December, this time there was no management group maintained outdoors the live performance corridor.

As a substitute, concertgoers agreed public well being authorities can inform Revollo’s staff if they arrive down with the coronavirus within the weeks after the live performance. With that info, Revollo’s staff will do an evaluation of an infection charges among the many 5,000 concertgoers in contrast with that of the overall inhabitants to see if there are any discrepancies that might level to contagion on the live performance.

For 37-year-old Gerard Munne, it was a launch.

“A sensation of freedom, with the ability to really feel the heat of the folks,” he stated. ”(It was) yesterday’s normality.”

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