- Researchers found the infection rate was lower than in the general population.
Spanish researchers found "no sign" of higher levels of Covid-19 infections in a mass music event held in Barcelona last month, the BBC reports.
Of the roughly 5,000 people in attendance, six tested positive within 14 days of the gig. This is a lower infection rate than currently seen in the general population and half the infection rate among people in the same age range. Infectious disease specialist Josep Maria Llibre concluded that there was "no sign that suggests transmission took place during the event."
Researchers also found that four of the six people who tested positive were not infected at the event itself, but elsewhere. All attendees, who tested negative for the virus beforehand, wore masks but were not socially distanced.
The concert featured the indie pop band Love Of Lesbian, who published a tweet following the results. "We hope that from now on, after these excellent results, the world of culture will be listened to as it deserves to be," they said.
This event was one of the largest gatherings in Europe since the pandemic began and follows a similar two-day experiment at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam last month.
This weekend, Liverpool party Circus will also carry out a Covid-19 pilot event involving up to 6,000 people. Masks and social distancing won't be required.
Watch a clip of the Love Of Lesbian concert.