Paris test concert: the health pass checking system deployed by Weezevent

Paris test concert: the health pass checking system deployed by Weezevent

Weezevent was the technology partner of the test concert Ambition Live Again which took place at the Accor Arena in Paris on 29 May 2021, in collaboration with PRODISS, AP-HP, Accor Arena, the French Directorate General of Health and IN Groupe. Our teams were able to deploy their expertise thanks to the trust placed in them by PRODISS (national syndicate of music shows) and the AP-HP (a public health establishment and university hospital center), who we warmly thank.

Discover the health pass checking system deployed for the Ambition Live Again event in pictures: 5,000 spectators attended without social distancing, with the aim of evaluating a specific protocol to facilitate the return of events in standing format and without physical distancing.

Summary

  1. Summary of the protocol
  2. Registration for participating in the study
  3. Booking an appointment for testing
  4. Checking health passes at the entrances
  5. Checking tickets at the entrances
  6. Submitting the saliva self-swab on D‑Day
  7. Protocol during the concert
  8. Self-swabbing 7 days after the concert

1. Summary of the protocol

Ambition Live Again is a new experiment for Europe whose goal is to evaluate the risks of transmission of Covid-19 during a large-scale concert, in standing and non-distanced format.

Event professionals mobilised within PRODISS and a team of scientists from the Assistance Publique—Hôpitaux de Paris hospital trust are conducting this study to help bring concerts and shows back to life.

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2. Registration for participating in the study

More than 20,000 people registered on ambitionliveagain.org using a Weezevent registration module to take part in the study.

3. Booking an appointment for testing

Among those registered, 7,500 were randomly selected to undergo an antigen test at the Accor Arena 3 days before the concert. The testing slot could be booked online via a Weezevent booking module.

Participants were required to have a negative test result to take part in the study. They were randomly divided into 2 groups: 5,000 in the ‘experimental’ group who attended the concert, and 2,500 in the ‘control’ group who stayed at home on D‑Day.

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4. Checking health passes at the entrances

A first line of staff controlled the screening tests, after which attendees were allowed or denied entry. A mask and gel were provided to each attendee.

5. Checking tickets at the entrances

A second line was used for validating or rejecting tickets. This was also where searching took place. This 2‑step system (scanning the health pass, then the ticket) allowed attendees to prepare the documents to be presented at the right time for each step.

6. Submitting the self-swab on D‑Day

After the checks, attendees submitted a saliva self-swab taken on D‑Day. Attendees in the ‘control’ group also took one and sent it by post.

7. Protocol during the concert

No distancing was required during the concert, but a strict hygiene protocol was put in place to limit the transmission of the virus between attendees, including:

  • Mandatory wearing of masks
  • Provision of hydroalcoholic hand-washing solution
  • No bars or catering in operation
  • Optimised air ventilation in the hall
  • Testing of the production teams and artists

8. Self-swabbing 7 days after the concert

One week after the concert, all attendees will send back a second saliva self-swab by mail in order to compare the positive rate of the 2 groups of people.

The first results will be published in 1 month. They will help evaluate which hygiene protocols are needed so we can finally return to festivals and concert halls in standing format!

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