Take this with the biggest grain of salt you can find, because it’s early research, but it’s encouraging news nonetheless.
Researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany put together a 1,200-person event at an indoor entertainment venue in order to study the transmission of COVID-19. The “concertgoers” were all masked and–over the course of hours–researchers conducted tests focusing on how air flow, seating, entrance protocols, and other factors affected viral transmission.
One of the researchers, Dr. Michael Gekle, summed up the study in this quote: “There is no argument for not having such a concert. The risk of getting infected is very low.” Other scientists are skeptical about the conclusions drawn, pointing to flaws in some of the ways the tests were condcuted. The A.V. Club has a more in-depth breakdown of the study here.
Here’s hoping this early research acts as a jumping-off point for more studies that will eventually lead to a safe, viable return of live music. The artists, venues, and support staff all need it.