Berlin Philharmonic gives test concert

The Berlin Philharmonic has given a one-time-only concert in the German capital as a test of ways to put on events safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1,000 visitors, or about 40 percent of the hall's capacity, were allowed into the concert hall on Saturday.

They were required to take an antigen test at designated test centers on the day of the concert and show a negative result.

One of the audience members said that it was worth having to undergo the test, as listening to a live performance is a rare opportunity now.

General Manager Andrea Zietzschmann of the Berlin Philharmonic said that the test event will help verify how an audience responds to various measures.
She added that the organization will check if it can continue such measures.

Saturday's event was part of a pilot project in Berlin, with various performances being held at theaters and concert halls to analyze the risks and possibilities of reopening cultural events.

Coronavirus infections have surged again in Germany, with about 15,000 daily new cases during the past several days. Theaters and concert halls have been closed since November last year.