Indochina band opens French audience to listen to rock in cluster for anti-epidemic experiment

Indochina rock band opened today in Paris, France, at the Stade de Bercy, and fans who have not heard a live performance in a year can finally see the richness of their idols in person. But it’s all for the 2019 coronavirus (CCA) disease (COVID-19) prevention study to come true.

Bercy Stadium (Bercy) gathered today about 5,000 spectators aged 18 to 45 years old. These people have no specific risk factors, have negative antigen test results from the past three days, and will be required to submit to a saliva test completed earlier today before entering the stadium.

Spectators are not required to maintain a social distance upon entry, but must wear a mask.

An additional 2,500 people are staying home as a control group to see if the virus will spread among concertgoers. Both groups of subjects will be tested again next week, and the results of the experiment will be announced by the end of June.

The experiment is being promoted by the Paris Union of Public Health Institutions (AP-HP) and the national union of theaters and concert halls (Prodiss), with government support.

As France still maintains a 9 p.m. curfew, today’s performance will start earlier than usual, with the orchestra on stage by 6 p.m.

The live performance and entertainment industry, battered by the epidemic, is anxious to see the results of the experiment. Similar experiments have been conducted elsewhere in Europe, but the concert at the Bercy Stadium was delayed again and again, and finally the subjects were selected among 20,000 volunteers. And France will only expand its vaccination program to all adults 2 days later.

Previous experimental events in Spain and the UK have not shown an elevated risk of transmission.