BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Five thousand music lovers will attend a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after a COVID-19 screening the same day to test its effectiveness in preventing virus outbreaks at major cultural events.
The show by the Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian has special permission from the Spanish health authorities. While the rest of the country is restricted to indoor gatherings of no more than four people, concert-goers are free to mix and match, although face masks are mandatory.
People with heart disease, cancer, or people who have had contact with someone infected with COVID-19 in the past few weeks were asked not to register. Ticket buyers chose between three venues in Barcelona, where they will have to undergo a quick antigen test on Saturday morning. Those with negative results will receive a code on their cell phone confirming their ticket to the show at the city’s Palau Sant Jordi at 7pm
The organizers say it will be the first commercial event of its size to be held in Europe during the pandemic.
The show is sold out. The tickets, ranging from 23 to 28 euros, include the cost of the test and the high quality face mask, which is compulsory except when you eat or drink in certain areas.
The concert is supported by the local authorities and experts from the Barcelona Foundation The Fight AIDS and Infectious Diseases, which also organized a case study a smaller concert of 500 people In December. They said the results of this preliminary case study showed that pre-screening with antigen tests and the use of face masks managed to prevent infection within the concert, even though there were no rules for social distancing.