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Seated indoor events can take place again

Fieldlab has shared the latest findings from the first part of its Back to Live test series, which involved a business conference and a cabaret show by the Dutch comedian Guido Weijers. Each event took place in February with around 500 attendees. Research has shown that seated indoor events can take place as soon as possible. However, provided a certain set of measures are adhered to.
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“Encouraging results of the study show THAT INDOOR, SEATED EVENTS CAN TAKE PLACE WITH 50% OCCUPANCY AND WITHOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING”

Based on the results of the study, ‘type 1 events’, which take place indoors, with seats and where the public behaves calmly, can take place with 50% occupancy and without social distancing.

However, visitors must be tested before and after the event and wear a mask while walking around the venue. The recommendations are also based on a venue having good ventilation and separating large groups of visitors. Fieldlab has now presented the research results to the Dutch government and hopes that the Outbreak Management Team will provide advice on organising events in the near future.

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98.4% of the visitors who attended the events adhered to the instructions and 80% of the visitors downloaded the CoronaMelder app in advance, so that track and trace could be carried out easily. The number of contacts within a meter and a half and lasting longer than 15 minutes was limited, especially during the theatre test. This number was higher at the conference because people actively sought out colleagues and peers.

The Back to Live series, which has so far included concerts, festivals and other live events, will continue with the 3FM Awards and the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Alongside the Fieldlab events, the Netherlands will also host more than 80 concerts across nine days as part of an extensive pilot programme of cultural activities, announced by the Dutch government.

Fieldlab Events Proposal

The Fieldlab Events proposal is that, despite the lockdown, type I events can take place again as soon as possible, including high prevalence of SARS-CoV-2, provided the conditions of the next set are met to measures:

* Quick test in a decentralized place, close to home
* Fast test up to 24 hours from the end of the event
* Using an app or otherwise access control for negative test result
* Location occupation with 50 % of capacity, including breaking the 50-meter measure
* Making use of separation options from groups based on location
* Use of a mouth-nose mask during (at least) the movement phase on location
* Ventilation in accordance with building decision
* Active communication with visitors, before, during and after the event, to share relevant information and to indicate compliance with the measures (e.g. through the app)

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INTERVIEW WITH THE MASTERMIND BEHIND "BACK TO LIVE"

Kongres Magazine talked to Maarten Schram, the managing director at the Independent Dutch Event Association (IDEA). Maarten was the genius behind the Dutch initiative named Back to Live, which was organised to help live events return.

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