THE FIRST DANCE: Liverpool’s pilot events
All eyes were on Liverpool over the bank holiday weekend as the city hosted the first nightclub gigs and music festival since lockdown in March 2020.
As part of the pilot events; Circus Nightclub ran two gigs at Bramley Moore, whilst local singer songwriter ZuZu and band Blossoms played Sefton Park on Sunday.
The weekends events are part of the government's Events Research Programme, which it is hoped will pave the way for the reopening of sectors of the economy in which large numbers of people come together.
People attending had to prove they have had a negative Covid-19 test and have been asked to have a follow-up test five days later. Liverpool's Director of Public Health Matt Ashton says he's confident that despite the recent opening up of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality and the pilot events, that the city is in a good place in terms of Covid figures.
The events will be evaluated by university researchers with the findings fed back to the government to inform the roadmap to easing restrictions.
Speaking ahead of the weekend's music events, Director of Culture Liverpool Claire McColgan said the events were an important step in opening up the city again.
The data gathered from these pilot events will be crucial to how many different venues – from major sport stadiums to comedy clubs, theatres to live music spaces, wedding venues to conference centres – could operate this summer.
An open-air cinema event – Luna on the waterfront – is taking place from 14-16 May.
The Luna Cinema will see a non-socially distanced outdoor cinema experience brought to a hidden location tucked away along the waterfront, near Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
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