A few weeks ago, EXIT Festival in Serbia became the first major European festival to reopen its gates since the pandemic struck. On it’s first night, the festival opened its gates to 42,000 visitors with no masks and no social distancing, with the only Covid-secure measure in place being on-site testing to gain entry or providing proof of a double vaccination. For those with Digital Green Certificates, over 16,111 checks were made and in five days, 18,336 visitors were tested. Headliners such as Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta and Solomun were on hand to deliver the entertainment, and now some promising early results have come back in regards to the infection rate at the festival.
Early scientific results – which will take some time to provide a final, conclusive result – have concluded that no cases of Covid-19 infection has been recorded coming from EXIT Festival’s attendees. The website stated that only one visitor, who took part in a research test, tested positive before entering the festival, who was then not allowed to visit the festival site. The research, organised by the Health Centre Novi Sad and the association under the leadership of the Head of the Research Team, epidemiologist and Assistant professor, Marija Milić MD, saw a total of 345 visitors divided into two groups. The two groups of people – split into vaccinated and those that tested negative to enter without a vaccine – were all tested from July 8-10 and again seven days later from July 15-17, concluding in no one testing positive.
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