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The UK is trialing a swath of large-scale events

April is shaping up to be a busy month in terms of live events throughout the UK, the busiest it has been in an entire year. In a time where bans on large gatherings exist almost worldwide, the Events Research Program (ERP) gets the nod to carry out a variety of in-person events, from the Snooker Championships, to the FA Cup games, conferences and comedy shows. The events will be happening between April 16 and mid-May across different venues, some indoors and some outdoors.

Different mitigation strategies such as ventilation, increased hygiene measures and testing before and after events will all be trialed, among other things. There are a lot of discussions around the need for Health Passports for the events, but details are still being ironed out. The ultimate goal will be to prove that large gatherings of people who are negative for COVID-19 can be possible with appropriate safety measures, meaning live events could come back sooner rather than later. Results will likely be in by the end of May so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled and ears open.

Eurovision 2021 with a live audience

Speaking of pilot events, the Dutch government has announced plans to conduct a number of test concerts (80 in 9 days to be exact) in collaboration with Fieldlab Events in an effort to safely bring back live events with fans. Shows will unfold across the country between April 22 and April 30.

The ever so popular Eurovision will be one of the upcoming events that will allow 3,500 Dutch fans (sorry-no international travelers allowed) to attend the highly anticipated song contest. Testing prior to and after the show is mandatory, but there will be no need for social distancing. In previous test events, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (who are backing these trials) explain how the audience's engagement has also been monitored to gage the risks of the virus spreading. Initial results seem promising and it gives event organizers a little glimmer of hope for fan-based live events in the near future.

Venues across the US are slowly reopening their doors

A number of sports arenas and stadiums have already reopened and music venues have anxiously been awaiting their turn. April 23 is looking like the golden date for the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre to reopen its doors which have been closed completely for the past year. With restrictions being lifted across the country, the venue will be able to welcome back a limited number of fans for their upcoming events which include Brantley Gilbert, Hippie Sabotage and ZHU. Tickets will be limited to 2,500 for each event so you better get to those ticket gates early enough if you’re keen on catching a show.

Similarly in California, new regulations will allow concert venues and other performing art venues to get back to business as of April 15 with, you guessed it, limited capacity shows. If the current trends remain, it is expected that the state could fully reopen by June 15, allowing venues to host full capacity shows.

No specifics have been announced but operations will comply with guidelines set by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA “...such as masking, testing, and testing or vaccination verification requirements for large-scale higher-risk events”. Industry professionals are hopeful that the phased reopenings this summer will pave the way for bigger shows to reopen by the fall/winter.