Here’s what a “test party” with 1,300 people looks like during coronavirus

As a part of a sequence of trial occasions, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome opened its doorways to 1,300 party-goers on Saturday. The social gathering was used as an experiment to measure any potential unfold of coronavirus amongst attendees. 

Very like the earlier experiments seen earlier this yr, when between 500 and 1,500 folks attended trial occasions akin to enterprise conferences, soccer matches and concert events, all attendees on the Ziggo Dome have been examined for coronavirus earlier than collaborating within the experiment.

The attendees have been additionally temperature checked on the door and are anticipated to get themselves examined 5 days after the social gathering.

On the venue, every participant got a tag that will monitor their motion.

The bubbles

The 1,300 attendees have been then cut up into six totally different “bubbles.”The bubbles consisted of 5 teams of 250 folks and one group of fifty. As a part of the experiment, every bubble had its personal set of measures.

  • Bubble 1: Individuals may stand the place they preferred. Everybody was requested to put on a mouth masks and guarantee that there have been not more than three folks standing in a single sq. meter. One in 10 folks have been speedy examined.
  • Bubble 2: Individuals needed to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from different attendees and put on a mouth masks.
  • Bubble 3: Contributors stood on predesignated spots and solely needed to put on a mouth masks when in movement.
  • Bubble 4: Attendees may sit wherever they preferred however needed to put on a mouth masks always. One in 10 have been speedy examined.
  • Bubble 5: Standing and seating areas have been out there nonetheless, folks have been positioned in particular areas by the organisation with seats being two chair-lengths aside. Attendees solely needed to put on mouth masks when transferring.
  • Bubble 6: Individuals may and stand or sit the place they preferred and didn’t need to put on a masks. One in 10 have been speedy examined.

Might this be attainable with a check certificates?

The Corona-Disaster Suppose Tank believes that large-scale occasions akin to these might quickly be attainable if check certificates have been introduced in. On the request of the cupboard, the Suppose Tank investigated how occasions like this can be believable once more within the Netherlands.

They discovered that preliminary testing within the days earlier than an occasion, together with a check certificates, could possibly be the important thing to soundly re-opening large-scale occasions.

In accordance with Mariëtte Hamer, the chairman of the Social and Financial Council (SER) and initiator of the Suppose Tank Corona Disaster, “you possibly can see that fast exams by way of logistics will not be very appropriate for very giant occasions akin to within the Ziggo Dome however pre-testing works nicely. Anybody with a check certificates can then undergo like this,” she tells Nieuwsuur.

Recommendation to the cupboard

The Corona Disaster Suppose Tank will supply 4 items of recommendation to the cupboard immediately:

  1. A site visitors gentle mannequin: The assume tank will recommend that the federal government arrange a site visitors gentle mannequin to point the protection danger of particular amenities and conditions. This will likely assist to find out whether or not or not folks have to get examined earlier than attending an occasion.
  2. A check certificates should be simply out there: Individuals ought to be capable of obtain their certificates simply and their knowledge shouldn’t be put in danger.
  3. Testing needs to be free and straightforward: Likewise, folks ought to have free and quick access to testing in the event that they wish to attend an occasion. Testing certificates needs to be out there on paper.
  4. Clear communication: if an occasion is accessible with a check certificates this should be clearly communicated and bear in mind those that will not be native Dutch speaker and the visually impaired.

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