Attending live concerts does not result in increased COVID infections if necessary precautions are taken

Primavera Sound announced over the holidays that their December 12th test concert in the Sala Apolo in Barcelona was a complete success with no one who attended the show testing positive for COVID following the event. 463 people took part in the experiment to determine whether or not event participation was any more likely to contribute to the spread of Corona. While none of the concert goers contracted the virus, 2 people from the control group of 496 people did become infected during the 8 day test period. All 1047 participants (including staff) tested negative on the day of the event.

Social distancing was not practiced at the event, but there were other safety measures in place including reduced capacity, enhanced ventilation and face mask requirements. Tests were conducted prior to admittance where a negative result was mandatory for entrance. Alcohol was served in a separate room and guidelines posted for crowd flow to reduce unnecessary exposure and to limit queues.

The results, according to the Primavera Sound website:

“Therefore, attending a live music concert staged with a series of security measures that included a negative antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 done on the same day, was not associated with an increase in COVID-19 infections.”

Local talent takes the stage in NZ to be the first to celebrate the end of 2020 and welcome the new year

While things are not necessarily looking up for the rest of us, 2021 is off to a pretty good start in New Zealand. Gisborne is home to the largest festival in New Zealand and this year Rhythm and Vines saw more than 20,000 people in the days leading up to the new year. Due to the country’s quick action closing borders and ordering lockdowns, masks were optional and social distancing was not necessary at this annual 3 day festival. Campsites were full and the festival goers were able to party like it was...2019? Taking place before the Corona Crisis hit the shores last year and able to push forward again this year, this festival remained the first festival to welcome the new year for the 18th year in a row.

The biggest difference? The festival featured an all local lineup (with 1 notable exception from Belgium). It’s likely we’ll see more of this as we head into festival season as local talent reduces the possibility of travel restrictions that could affect an artists ability to perform. Events taking place this year will come with an added pressure to minimize risk of cancellation by any means necessary and promoting local talent is just one way to do that.

Taiwan was only a few hours behind and bid farewell to 2020 like the pandemic never even happened (almost)

Things in Taiwan have all but returned to normal when it comes to live events. People have been allowed to pack in to venues to sing and dance the night away. The Ultra Music Festival that took place back in November saw over 10,000 people and a New Year’s Eve concert featuring the popular band Mayday more than doubled that number.

Closing borders early and strict requirements allowed the country to remain COVID free for more than 8 months; but, the COVID free streak was broken on December 22 when the country reported its first covid case since April. Since then, the number of cases has risen to 822 people with the UK mutation having so far infected 5 individuals after a British citizen arrived in the country on December 30.

7 people were fined for breaking “self-health management” requirements by attending the New Year’s Eve Celebration which was strictly prohibited for individuals currently under these protocols. The government’s diligence when it comes to the virus includes using an “electronic fence” to track individuals who are supposed to be following these guidelines; and with cases on the rise, it comes as no surprise these people were dealt hefty fines for endangering the public.