All public-health protocols will be in effect, including mask wearing, hand sanitizing and physical distancing. No beverages or snacks will be available, but there will be washroom and hand-washing facilities.
Monahan said the original idea came from an experiment at a concert held in Barcelona last December, when researchers administered rapid antigen and PCR tests to attendees just before, and a week after, the show. They concluded that “attending a live music concert staged with a series of security measures that included a negative antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 done on the same day, was not associated with an increase in COVID-19 infections.”
When Monahan and his team found out the Shoppers chain offers rapid testing for businesses and their employees, the partnership clicked into place. The chain uses the Abbott Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test device to screen clients. A private link with the results can be expected in less than an hour.
For the March 27 concert, ticket buyers will receive a participation code and instructions on how to book the test, which will be available from 3:30 p.m. March 25 to 3:30 p.m. March 27. Concert tickets are $25, and will be sold in groups, with four household members per table ($100). There is no extra charge for the test. All concertgoers must get tested, even if they’ve already been vaccinated.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 16 at ofitaskforce.ca.
Monahan hopes the concert will spark discussion on getting the event sector back to business in the lead-up to summer festival season.
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