Coronavirus: quick antigenic tests, hope for live concerts and nightclubs?

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 29 December 2020 at 16h50 · Updated on 30 December 2020 at 10h09
The coronavirus epidemic continues, and this is a very hard blow for the showbusiness and music world in France. Yet, in Spain, a test-show with 1,000 participants took place in Barcelona under conditions fitting the Covid situation. It is expected to say if quick antigenic tests could enable this kind of events to resume. And the experience has been successful.

With the coronavirus epidemic, the worlds of music and show are going low. It is hard to think that they could soon resume as normal with this health crisis… And yet, there is hope on the horizon. Is the solution quick antigenic tests?

This is what an experiment led in Barcelona tried to show. On Sunday December 20, the festive Spanish city has hosted Primacov’, a test-show curated by Primavera Sound festival in partnership with Barcelona Germans Trias hospital and the Fight AIDS and Infectious Disease Foundation. 1,042 participants have been gathered on the occasion in one of the rooms of Nitsa Club, a Barcelona nightclub.

The event took place in the following conditions. At the entrance, each participant has been subjected to an antigenic test, these quick tests now available in French pharmacies. If it turned out negative, the participant was allowed to attend the show without having to comply with social distancing, even though facemask-wearing was still compulsory inside.

Primacov’ has been a success. This is great hope making concerts, nightclubs and overall showbusiness see the light at the end of the tunnel. “That was, precisely, the objective of this study: to validate these kind of tests as an extremely useful tool to be able to carry out any type of event, whether musical or not, without social distancing,” the team behind Primacov’ explained.

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