Results of the RESTART-19 research project

On October 29, 2020, the findings and corresponding science-based recommendations of the RESTART-19 research project were published. The research, carried out by University Medicine Halle, highlighted that events could easily take place under specific conditions even during a pandemic.

The research project RESTART-19 from the University Medical Center of Halle (Saale) aims to simulate the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 due too a major event in a closed hall and to investigate the conditions under which such events can be carried out despite the pandemic without risking the health of the general population.


Event venues require ventilation technology that provides adequate ventilation and a regular exchange of air. It makes sense to create an evaluation system for suitable ventilation technology.

Hygiene concepts must continue to be in place for as long as the pandemic persists: compulsory use of face masks in the arena, hygiene stewards to ensure compliance with the hygiene standards.

The seating plan and thus the number of guests should be adjusted based on incidence.

The venue should be accessed through several entrances to direct visitor flows. Waiting areas should be moved outdoors.

During the event, food should be eaten in the seating areas to prevent crowding and long periods of contact at snack bars

Find out more about the project

RESTART-19 is a scientific study of the University Medical Center Halle (Saale) in which the risk of infection of COVID-19 during large indoor events will be simulated. A concert simulation with 3 different scenarios and a total of 4000 test persons in the QUARTERBACK Immobilien ARENA will be conducted.