5000 people will be allowed to attend a music concert in Liverpool in two weeks as part of a government pilot scheme.
On the 2nd of May at Sefton Park, concertgoers will be allowed to attend the event without having to social distance or wear masks.
All attendees will need to provide proof of a negative covid test before entry which will be done in the form of a 30 minute lateral flow test.
Everyone will also be tested post the concert and must provide contact detaisl to NHS Test and Trace in order to monitor if the large gathering caused a further spread of covid.
Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary said, “‘We’re one step closer to a summer of live events now our science-led programme is under way. Testing different settings and looking at different mitigations is key to getting crowds back safely.
“The Sefton Park pilot is an important addition to the programme. I hope it won’t be too much longer until gigs are back for good.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock added that he hoped the study event would “inform our approach to ensuring future big events can take place safely.
“By trialling a range of measures to reduce transmission, we are able to gather vital evidence to inform our plans for allowing events in the future.
“I am hugely grateful to scientists and clinicians working hard across the country so we can start to enjoy these events again safely.”
This announcement follows the news that clubbers in Liverpool will be able to attend clubs early as part of a new government covid pilot plan.
On the trials in Liverpool, Dowden said, “We will be guided by the science and medical experts, but will work flat out to make that happen. We want to get the people back to enjoying what they love and ensure some of our most important growth industries get back on their feet.
“These are important steps towards the safe and special summer we all crave and that I’m fully focused on delivering.”