Download Festival’s test event will investigate COVID-19 transferal at large music gatherings
Download Festival is a British-created rock festival that is held annually in England, France, Sydney, and Melbourne, however, this year’s Download Festival in England will be a little bit different from the rest as it will run as a piloted event to test how COVID-19 is transferred and spread at a large music gathering. The event is currently scheduled to take place from Friday, June 18 to Sunday, June 20.
Download Festival in England had initially canceled its 2021 event back in March but the UK Government has now given the festival the green light to hold its 2021 event as a Government Event Research Programe (ERP). Under the research program, 10,000 people with a “negative lateral flow and PCR test will be allowed” to attend the event without masks or any social distancing measures in place. Festival-goers will be monitored by researchers from Public Health England who will gather data from the 10,000 attendees.
Under the ERP program, the UK has been able to conduct studies on multiple piloted events. According to RA, only 15 people so far have tested positive for COVID-19 out of all concert-goers who have been tested at these piloted events, which is around 58,000 people in total.
We can’t wait for #DownloadPilot! 🤘
Remember, DL2022 ticketholders get first dibs on tickets in the Download Pilot presale. DL2022 weekend or instalment plan tickets purchased before 5pm TOMORROW, 30th May will be eligible for the presale.
— Download Festival (@DownloadFest) May 29, 2021
H/T – RA.co