The governments Event Research Programme has seen events including the Brit Awards, World Snooker Championship and The Good Business Festival conference at ACC Liverpool go ahead. Scientists have collected data from each event to monitor infection rates at venues where delegates did not have to wear masks or social distance, but did need a negative Covid-19 test to attend. Only 15 of the 58,000 pilot event attendees tested positive which is in line with the broader population infection rates. At this stage the government has not revealed which trial events were attended by the 15 people who contracted Covid-19, or whether they tested positive before the events or afterwards. Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said the data was pointing in the right direction, with further announcements expected from the government around the 14th June.
Glastonbury organisers made the premiere of their Live at Worthy Farm virtual concert free to watch after two hours of technical hitches. Login errors meant people who had paid £20 to see the virtual gig missed performances by Wolf Alice, George Ezra and Michel Kiwanuka. Festival organiser, Emily Eavis explained that she was “gutted” people had missed out and that she was “so sorry about the problems.” Two repeat screenings of the show went ahead without any problems on Sunday, and ticketholders who missed out were offered a full refund.
The Welsh government has confirmed that live music events can return despite nightclubs remaining closed. To run, the events will need full risk assessments with hospitality and performing guidance. Venues must follow ventilation guidelines, use one way systems and groups will be limited to a maximum of six people. Demand for live events in Wales has skyrocketed over the past few months with tickets for the Green Man Festival selling out in 18 minutes. In England, socially distanced events have been taking place since 17th May and in Scotland, live events can now go ahead with limited capacity.
Cabinet ministers Robert Jenrick and Oliver Dowden say weekly Parkrun events should be allowed to resume in England to ensure peoples physical and mental health is maintained. The 5km local runs have not yet been allowed to restart despite organised outdoor sport returning in March. Parkrun announced on Friday that they have been forced to delay the planned reopening in England due to land permissions. Parkrun had planned to run their next events on the 5th June, however fewer than half the venues approved the runs. Organisers have stated they need at least 80% of the venues to go ahead to prevent overcrowding from people travelling across country from areas without Parkrun operating, to ones which are.
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