The British experiment was conducted without Covid-19 restrictions. It was part of the government’s Events Research Program (ERP) and will provide scientific data to help officials plan how nightclubs and live events can return to the UK this summer.
Liverpool’s director of public health, Matt Ashton, said the raven provided a “glimpse of what we think the future can hold.”
Speaking to the BBC, Ashton said it was “wonderful” to see the look on people’s faces as they gathered in a specially converted warehouse on Friday.
But he stressed that the event was a scientific experiment and that participants should now return to the following coronavirus restrictions. Participants who test positive for the virus must isolate themselves as usual.
“We have to treat Covid still as if it is still around because it is, even though it is at low levels, so we need to be careful in our approach,” Ashton said.
“And for me, that’s why it’s so important that we gather the science around this to enable us to do this safely and properly in the future.”
The health official said such pilot events were crucial to opening up the economy.
“This will be a part I’m thinking of on a longer journey of understanding how we live more safely with Covid in the future,” Ashton said.
Social distancing restrictions and lockdowns have hit the UK live music industry hard.
“This has not been an easy process and it is particularly difficult as the night sector has not been open for over a year,” said Claire McColgan, Liverpool’s cultural director in a council statement released before the event.
On Sunday, British music fans will be able to unveil another live event as part of the ERP to be held at Liverpool’s Sefton Park.
The sold-out music event is held in a “large” large top tent, and once they enter through the gates, attendees do not have to wear face masks or maintain social distance, according to a statement from the host festival republic.
“[This event is] about demonstrating our absolute commitment, which we can and will open on 21 June. We want to get festival fans back on events for sure this year. We all need a summer of live music, ”said Festival Republic CEO Melvin Benn in a statement.
The BRIT Awards in London also welcome a live audience on 11 May.