An integrated approach to culture and sport
▪ 20 renowned experts and scientists from various disciplines have developed a joint modular concept with a view to a controlled return of spectators and guests to events
▪ Nationwide support from more than 40 leading cultural and sports institutions and organisations
▪ A comprehensive and differentiated basic concept could initially allow the use of 25 to 40 percent of the total capacity of venues, while further measures, such as specialist hygiene concepts and comprehensive testing strategies, could also permit more guests and spectators
A broad-based initiative from experts and scientists, as well as cultural and sporting bodies, has come up with a comprehensive concept that could allow spectators and guests to participate again in cultural and sporting events under strict hygiene and infection control measures. The concept developed by some 20 participating scientists and experts, as well as more than 40 cultural and sports institutions, represents for the first time a cross-sector, data-based approach, and thus a differentiated approach to the discussion on appropriate ways out of lockdown. The concept was developed with the participation of renowned experts from the fields of infectious diseases and virology, ventilation and air conditioning technology, health economics, sports medicine, culture and law, among others.
A comprehensive and differentiated package of measures will enable controlled opening. The approach presents different models for both indoor and outdoor events. They are each founded on a basic concept and can be expanded by means of further steps to gradually increase the number of spectators and guests per event.
▪ Basic concept:
o Indoors: The cornerstones for events in enclosed spaces include the following, among other things: the production of a hygiene and infection control concept, a total occupancy rate of no more than 25-30 percent to comply with general social distancing rules, personal tickets for contact management, mandatory masks throughout, a ban on serving alcoholic beverages at events with more than 1,000 visitors, and a dedicated concept for the arrival and departure of spectators and guests.
o Outdoors: For outdoor events, the concept assumes a possible utilisation of 35 to 40 percent of capacity with comparable measures. With amateur and recreational sports, the authors also propose an "arbitrary lower limit", which provides for special regulations at events with sufficient space. Personal tickets could become superfluous here if mask wearing and extended social distancing are complied with, combined with contact management through technical solutions, like apps.
The basic concept also provides for certain seating plans to ensure compliance with minimum social distancing for both indoor and outdoor events. The basic concept can be implemented with reasonable effort and limited financial resources by any venue if a hygiene concept is developed. This could also enable smaller cultural and sporting institutions, in particular, to find a pragmatic way back to regular performances and play.
▪ Specialist medical hygiene concepts: A higher number of spectators - beyond the basic concept - is also feasible at indoor venues with large spaces and modern ventilation technology, as well as at outdoor events. To further increase capacity, the authors recommend a specialist medical hygiene concept as a mandatory standard.
▪ "Maximum model" with testing strategy: The expansion of access to events is to be organised on the basis of new diagnostic options - up to the possible full capacity utilisation of operas, concerts and sporting events. To this end, cultural and sports sectors could, among other things, provide spectators and guests with an antigen test at the venue and promote digital portals to support contact management.