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Dutch clubbers temporarily return to dance floors for COVID-19 study

On March 6, 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 event aims to explore the risks of reopening venues and support advisers in making decisions on nightlife restrictions. As of now, all bars and restaurants in the Netherlands have been closed since October 2020.

Out of 100000 applicants, 1300 individuals were selected to participate in the four-hour event, enjoying sets by Sam Feldt, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Lady Bee. Attendees were sectioned into six bubbles—five of them with 250 people each and one with 50—and 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.

All attendees were required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours before the event. As Amsterdam’s largest music arena, the Ziggo Dome holds a normal capacity of 17000. While the latest event was only a temporary return, clubbers can remain optimistic that live music is just down the road.

Via: The Guardian

Featured image: Ferdy Damman

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