Still testing ways to bring people back to music events safely, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome opened up to accommodate 1300 people for a COVID-19 study. As part of several government-backed research events, the live project that took place on March 6th aims to explore the risks of reopening venues and support advisers in making decisions on nightlife restrictions.
From 100,000 applicants, 1,300 individuals were selected to participate in the four-hour even that featured live sets by Sam Feldt, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Lady Bee. In the name of testing different hypotheses, attendees were sectioned into six bubbles – five of them with 250 people each and one with 50 – and were asked to follow different sets of rules. The degrees of restrictions varied from wearing a mask at all times to only wearing masks when moving to not wearing masks at all.
In order to test effectively, all attendees were required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to the event.
While this latest event was only a temporary return to normalcy, clubbers are remain optimistic that live music may be on the horizon but as for now all bars and restaurants in the Netherlands have been closed since October 2020.