‘We are ecstatic!’: a taste of post-Covid freedom at Liverpool pilot gig

Event at Sefton Park attended by 5,000 people with no distancing or masks as part of research programme

The first “near-normal” concert since Covid began is taking place in Liverpool on Sunday, with 5,000 giddy music lovers crowding into a festival tent with no masks and no social distancing.

All had agreed to act as guinea pigs for scientists studying the safety of mass events as part of the government’s Event Research Programme. A negative Covid test was a condition of entry, with concertgoers asked to take a further PCR test on Friday “so that festivals can go ahead this summer”.

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