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U.K. HAS A ROAD TEST FOR THE RETURN TO LIVE EVENTS

The U.K. Government has a research team studying real-time live event protocols to test the waters ahead of a possible reopening of venues and nightclubs this summer. Gigs could be back on by the end of June.

The first of nine initial pilots from the Government's science-led Events Research Program will take place 4/16 at the 300-capacity Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool; it’s an indoor seated event. Second is the FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley on 4/18 that will host 4k people seated outdoors. More events ranging from 1k to 8k capacity will follow.

The final event in the pilot program is the FA Cup Final at Wembley, which will take place on 5/15 and allow 21k people to watch as outdoor seated spectators. 

The program will be used to provide key scientific data and research into how small- and large-scale events could be permitted to safely reopen in line with the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown as part of step 4, commencing no earlier than 6/21. 

Researchers will explore how different approaches to social distancing, ventilation and test-on-entry protocols could ease opening and maximize participation. COVID-status certification will also be tested. Participating venues will test specific settings to collect evidence and best practice, which will then be shared widely so that other venues can prepare to accommodate fuller audiences. 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called the pilot “the springboard in getting the buzz back of live performance.”

“We've supported the sports and arts with unprecedented sums, but it's now time to make that great British summer of live events a reality.”

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