This month an events research programme will start to test the safety of mass gatherings.

The first phase of the pilot includes Liverpool events Luna Cinema, ACC Business Event and Circus Nightclub, among others.

In other areas of the country, the FA Cup Semi Final, World Snooker Championship, League Cup final and FA CUp Final will take part in the pilot.

The pilot will examine the risk of transmission of coronavirus from attendance at events and explore ways to enable people to attend a range of events safely.

The first phase of 10 to 15 pilots will take place in April and May.

Results of the pilot will then be shared to help guide Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown.

In an update shared today, Liverpool’s Director of Culture, Claire McColgan MBE, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Government and the University of Liverpool on this vitally important research programme.

“Events are part of the DNA of Liverpool and a critical part of our culture and community. More than that, they represent more than half of our economy, so also play a major role in the success of the city.

“This is a show of confidence by the Government in the city and everyone who takes part, from the venues to the attendees, will be playing a role in influencing the reopening of these sectors across the rest of the country.”

When will the results from the test be available?

The initial research pilots will take place in April and May.

Findings will then be reported to the Prime Minister to feed into wider discussions around Step 4 of the lockdown restrictions.

The Government has said it will ensure that the results gathered from research programmes are fed into policy development swiftly to ensure data is used to inform decisions around further reopening.

Can I attend if I’m in a high risk group?

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are being advised that it would not be suitable on health grounds for them to attend such pilot events.

Also those who live with someone who is considered to be clinically vulnerable, are pregnant, or under 18 are advised not to attend the pilot events given the fact that some of the pilots in the ERP will be testing non-social distancing and the safety risk associated with the relaxation of NPIs.

How do I get tickets for a pilot event?

The events are scientific trials and each event may have different criteria for the selection of participants.

The Government is working with event organisers to identify suitable participants from their usual customer base.

Can I travel to a pilot event?

Those who live outside the local area of an event can attend in line with HMG guidance.

Though additional travel requirements may be put in place by event organisers and local authorities for those travelling into a different area.

Will there be ‘vaccine passports’?

There will be no requirement for participants to show proof of the vaccine.

However those taking part in the pilots published to date will have to provide a basic covid certification that they have tested negative for Covid-19.

How will testing take place?

Testing will mainly be done through the existing community testing network, with results validated by the event organisers before ticket-holders are admitted to the venue.

In order to attend the event, participants will be required to have a Lateral Flow Technology (LFT) test ahead of the event. They will have to demonstrate they tested negatively before they are admitted to the event.

They will also be asked to take a PCR test before and after the event to inform research and ensure any transmission of the virus is properly monitored. Attendees should take a LFT test before they travel to an event outside their local area.

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Will I need to have a negative test to gain entry to events?

Yes, entry will be subject to a negative test result.

In practice this will work in much the same way that international travel has taken place in recent months - entry will be denied to those that cannot provide evidence of a negative test result.

Monitoring people travelling to and from events:

All attendees at pilot events will be subject to scientifically and ethically designed pre- and post-event monitoring, which they will agree to when signing up to attend the event.

The majority of attendees who attend the ERP events will be local to the venue. However attendees with valid ERP tickets can travel to the event in line with HMG guidance.

Can I attend in a group?

Each pilot event is subject to an official ministerial direction which allows the event to be exempt from the wider covid regulations, including the rule of six.

The attendees and capacity number of events will follow the guidelines of the Science Board’s research methodology.

You can view further information and the full Government details here.