The Arena Resilience Alliance Publishes Findings on European Test Events
Published on 13 July 2021
The Arena Resilience Alliance (ARA) – a special purpose initiative, created by the European Arenas Association (EAA) has published a report with the findings from a series of test events that have taken place over the past few weeks with the aim of providing a framework for the return to live events in Europe.
Arenas across Europe have been staging test events in close collaboration with regional health authorities and national government guidance. Events numbering 20 in total at 12 venues have varied from one hundred capacity events to much larger scale shows, such as the Eurovision Song Contest with up to 3.500 attendees, and the concerts in Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona and AccorHotels Arena, Paris with up to 5.000 attendees.
Event protocols covered a range of differing approaches involving heightened safety and preventative measures, customer service delivery and infrastructure adaptations.
To date, there are no recorded clusters of infection from those who attended the test events and there is no published evidence that these events caused any spread of the virus. The findings appear to show that with the correct implementation of safety measures, in particular pre-event Covid testing and the use of the EU Digital Certificate, it is possible to host safe indoor live events.
The Arena Resilience Alliance and its supporters will continue their dialogue with scientific experts and the study of developments in relation to the virus to ensure visitor safety.
Olivier Toth, CEO, Rockhal in Luxembourg, EAA Board Member and co-founder of the ARA said: “These events are an important step forward in testing the efficacy of safety measures we can employ. We are very happy to share our experience and insights and hope that they provide a framework of safety protocols that can support back to business strategies and enable us to get back to hosting fan-attended events.”
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