Even though they required patrons to demonstrate they were vaccinated, had recently had a Covid infection or had a negative Covid test a music festival in the Netherlands became a super-spreader event that led to 1,000 COIVD-19 infections.
You can find details in an article by Holly Ellyatt in the 7/15/21 edition of CNBC.com. What jumps out is the realization that while the music festival went to great lengths to protect attendees, there’s always the potential for something to happen.
All of this brings to mind the results from the large scale German study, Project RESTART-19, a multi-disciplinary research effort in Germany to identify conditions necessary to safely restart live performance events.
Their early reports highlighted the following key components:
- Poor ventilation can significantly increase the number of people at risk of infection.
- There should be several entrances to access the venues in order to direct the flow of visitors. Waiting areas [should be] relocated outdoors.
- During the event, you should eat at the seats in order to avoid crowds and long contacts at snack stands.
- As long as the pandemic lasts…[there must be] stewards to ensure compliance with standards.
It would be fascinating to see how this music festival in the Netherlands followed these recommendations and others from the study.