In Spain, for the first time during the year-long pandemic, a concert was held without social distancing. 5,000 people listened to music together at the event. Before the concert, various measures were taken.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, concerts and festivals around the world have been cancelled. Such events, which are considered the most uncontrolled areas where crowds gather, have not been held for a long time on the grounds that they pose a high risk. In the events held in places where the measures are relaxed from time to time, the limit of the number of participants and social distancing rules are acted in accordance with the rules.
Concerts and events were held in our country last summer with similar social distancing practices, but the events were cancelled again as part of the new measures introduced with the increasing number of cases. However, the music industry has suffered greatly throughout this process and it is not known when concerts will ‘return to normal’ in the uncertain process. In Spain, the first ‘pilot concert’ was held to answer this question, and similar events are said to be held after the observations.
5,000 people attended the concert at the Sant Jordi Gymnasium in Barcelona, where a rock band performed. Mask use and other hygiene rules continued to be applied at the concert, where there was no social distancing rule. Before the concert, all participants were given rapid blood tests, required to wear FFP2 type masks and use hygiene gel.
Those who tested positive and had a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees were not allowed in the concert hall and were refunded. The cost of the concert was in the range of 23 – 28 euros, including the test and mask fee.
Organisers of the event said it was the first time such a concert had been held in Spain during the pandemic, which was a pilot project. It was announced that similar events could be held in the future if the cases of contagion associated with the concert were not detected after the event.