FHI wants to test out concerts in Norway with 5,000 spectators this June

ConcertPhoto: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB

The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) wants to conduct three test concerts with up to 5,000 spectators per concert. They hope to carry out the concerts in June.

“We want a definite answer as to whether infection testing the audience before they enter the concert makes it as safe to go to a concert as it is to be at home and watch TV,” head of the research group at the FHI Atle Fretheim told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The FHI’s wish is to recruit 30,000 spectators, but only half of the test group can go to a concert. The other half must live as normal.

Both groups will be tested before and after the concert has taken place, making it possible to compare how many were infected in the two groups – and thus get an answer as to whether the concert gave an increased risk of infection.

The FHI plans for the concerts to be held indoors, without face masks, in Oslo. The proposal has been sent to the health authorities, where it is now being processed.

Minister of Culture Abid Raja (V) did not want to comment on the matter.

The Ministry of Culture has invited Norwegian concert organizers and a number of other actors from the cultural sector to a meeting on Thursday to discuss the government’s reopening plan, newspaper Dagsavisen writes.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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