Cluj-Napoca mayor, Emil Boc, has informed that he would be willing to carry out an experimental concert with 5,000 people, to see how coronavirus spreads in such situations.
Cluj has been on the radar for a number of years when it comes to music festivals, as it's the home of annual music festivals, Electric Castle, Untold and Jazz in the Park. Last year, saw the cancellation of all of these events, costing the city around €60m in revenue due to the increase of visitors during those events.
The goal would be to see how the COVID-19 virus spreads during this controlled experiment, mimicking an experiement held in Barcelona, where 5,000 people attended to an event, where an antiget test was also included in the cost of the ticket, which revealed that 8 people were infected and not allowed to enter. The results of the experiment are being monitored to see how an event like this affects the infection rate among the attendees.
He explained that he's a supporter of opening events and festivals, but that the priority is the health and wellbeing of the population. He continued by saying,
“We offer to test such a way to give the authorities the opportunity to find a unitary solution after that for the whole country. Priority must be given to the health of the population and the safety of everyone at a concert, but already in Europe things are evolving quite quickly and it is possible that such festivals can take place safely.
I follow with interest the results of the study in Barcelona, in 30 days we will have the official report: out of 5,000 who participated, how many became ill after the concert.
We have the infrastructure and the stadium and the multipurpose hall to be able to test such a solution with a small number, for the future, to know how to prepare for the summer and autumn festivals“.