Published: 2021-05-03 14:39
Last Updated: 2021-05-17 15:33
Maskless concert-goers, who were required to take a coronavirus test 24 hours prior, enjoyed a music festival at Sefton Park in Liverpool over the weekend.
The festival is part of a series of events that authorities are holding to test the safety of large-scale gatherings ahead of government plans to lift nearly all restrictions on June 21.
While Liverpool's director of public health Matt Ashton sounded a note of caution ahead of the pilot, saying Covid-19 was "still there" and "new variants and international travel are still a real cause for concern,” he also noted the importance of the event because “staying in lockdown is not an option” and events are an "an important part of the wellbeing, social fabric and economies of communities, particularly in Liverpool.”
Many of the 6,000 concert goers were very excited to be part of the festival, the first in over 14 months.
“I think it is good to get it all started again to test if it can all work for summer, and if it will all go ahead in the summer as well,” said one attendee.
Britain is one of worst-affected countries in Europe in terms of COVID-19 deaths, counting over 128,000.