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Thousands attend music festival without masks, social distancing as part of UK COVID-19 research project

5,000 attend UK music festival with no masks, social distancing as part of research project

Thousands of people attended a music festival in Liverpool, England, on May 2, which was held as a pilot examining the risks of transmission of COVID-19 at public gatherings. Credit – Liverpool City Council via Storyful

Thousands of people shed their masks and social distancing protocol to attend a one-day music festival in England as part of a research project to test whether such events spread the coronavirus.

Liverpool hosted the outdoor music event, which welcomed about 5,000 people who were required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry with no sign of symptoms. It was held at the city’s Sefton Park with tickets only offered to local residents.

The data is being used by the U.K. government’s Events Research Programme to better understand the impact of crowds on the spread of COVID-19. Other pilot events included a business conference at ACC Liverpool, FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium, as well as the upcoming BRIT Awards in London.

“The Sefton Park pilot is a vital, science-led event which will help open up the live music industry in a safe and secure way,” Festival Republic, which hosted the pilot project, stated about the event.

Coronavirus - Sun May 2, 2021

People watch Zuzu perform on stage at a music festival in Sefton Park in Liverpool as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP) on May 2, 2021. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)

The outdoor concert was headlined by Blossoms with other performances by The Lathums and Zuzu. Ticketholders were required to take a lateral flow COVID-19 test at one of the community testing sites 24 hours before the event and

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