Ferrara, mayor: ready to experiment with concert without distancing

The mayor of Ferrara, Alan Fabbri, made it known today that Ferrara is ready to experiment with concerts without physical distancing, as was done in Barcelona. Here is what he plans to do.

The city of Ferrara says it is ready to experiment with a concert without spacing, such as that of the Catalan pop-rock group Love of Lesbian held last March 27 at the Palau de Sant Jordi in Barcelona where, as we previously reported on these pages, five thousand spectators attended the event without physical spacing and with mandatory FFP2 masks, followed by a medical team from Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital, and tested before and after the concert: in the 15 days that followed, only 6 spectators tested positive, and, the organizers let it be known, according to the hospital doctors, 4 of those 6 were contagions unrelated to the concert. However, according to Josep Maria Llibre, infectiologist at Germans Trias i Pujol, “there is no evidence to suggest transmission during the event”: so, according to the concert organizers, it could be a light at the end of the tunnel.

And now, in Italy, it is Ferrara itself that wants to imitate the example of the Catalan capital: the mayor, Alan Fabbri (Lega), said this just now. “We are ready to apply for the experimentation of events and concerts in presence and without spacing, with all the necessary health security measures and on the model of what has already been done in Barcelona, with positive feedback,” says Fabbri, who lets it be known that he is in contact these days with the undersecretary for Culture, Lucia Borgonzoni, who has the ministry’s delegation to creative enterprises, the promotion of youth ones in the world of culture, Comint and Unesco.

“Last year with ’Movida sicura’ we studied and implemented a protocol for health protection, access monitoring and security also taken as a reference by others nationwide,” Fabbri continued. “We have the professionalism, skills and experience to be able to pave the way for a new experimentation, building on what has already been done in the international arena, such as the concert at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on March 27 (almost 5,000 people without spacing at a concert) or the previous one in Amsterdam with 1,500 people (an event funded by the Dutch government itself).” The mayor lets it be known that the University of Ferrara will also be involved, and “Ferrara” professionalism and expertise will be brought into the system, thanks also to the experience gained in recent months in in-person events (when it was possible to do so), in safety.

The idea is to. copy what was done in Spain: antigenic testing for attendees a few hours before the event, handing out new FFP2 masks to attendees to wear for the duration of the live concert, asking people with heart problems, cancers and those who had been in contact with infected in recent weeks not to attend): “the goal,” the first citizen concludes, “is to arrive at a new protocol to be submitted to the Higher Institute of Health. The progress of the vaccination campaign, the study of new forms (such as the green pass) to open to foreign tourism, the approach of the summer season, are elements that, in my opinion, can allow us to study new forms of openings that ’bring’ (in the true sense of the word) people closer, according to the criterion, remarked by President Draghi, of ’reasoned risk’.”

Pictured: the concert in Barcelona

Ferrara, mayor: ready to experiment with concert without distancing
Ferrara, mayor: ready to experiment with concert without distancing

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