Finally, some good news in 2021 for the music industry and it’s for concert fans.
After a 5,000-person indoor concert in late March, the event’s organizers have determined there is “no evidence” that it spread COVID-19. The indie rock concert took place at the Palau de Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, and was a collaboration between Spanish music promoters and a local hospital.
Concertgoers were administered nasal tests before entry to the event and were tested again two weeks later. Surgical masks accompanied the ticket and were mandatory, but social distancing measures was not (hello, mosh pits).
In total, only six attendees returned a positive COVID-19 test after attending the concert, four of which were ruled out indefinitely from infection at the concert. Two other cases had a “very high probability” of not being contracted at the event, according to health experts who worked the study.
It’s been a hard 13 months for venues and industry workers, but the efficacy of surgical masks indoors could open the door for indoor events regardless of COVID-19 rates. It is hard to tell what the Fall will hold — especially for indoor venues — but this news certainly feels like a step closer to the dance floor.