COVID-19: ‘No substantial outbreaks’ after test events for sport, music and clubbing, report finds

No substantial outbreaks of COVID-19 were reported after a series of pilot events bringing together thousands of people, according to a new report.

Special events held in April and May were attended by 58,000 people – including the Brit Awards ceremony, the FA Cup Final, the World Snooker Championship and a clubbing event.

The report said 28 cases of COVID were recorded during the Events Research Programme’s (ERP) first nine indoor and outdoor events.

Of these, 11 were identified as “potentially infectious at an event”, while a further 17 were “potentially infected at or around the time of the event”, according to the report, published on Friday.

The Brit Awards, which featured a 3,500-strong audience, recorded zero cases of coronavirus.