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Fusion 2021 is possible!

A concept for an innovative testing strategy

1. Introduction

1.1. Summary

We’re developing a concept which acknowledges the fact that we can only host Fusion in 2021 while taking into account the overall situation of the pandemic at the end of June.

But we’re firm on the fact that, if mass tourism is allowed in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern during the time in which the festival would take place, then we will be able to celebrate our festival as well.

With an innovative mass-PCR testing strategy for all Fusionists, artists and Crews, we’re making Fusion happen, despite the pandemic:

  1. All Fusionists will be PCR-tested by us and our partners on the day of arrival to the festival prior to admission.
  2. From Saturday to Sunday, another PCR test will be carried out for everyone at the festival in order to  ensure the continued prevention of the risk of infection.

 

In this way, we ensure that the risk of infection is reduced to an absolute minimum.

1.2 Justification

In Germany, the prevention of infection and the resulting Corona measures are not just based on science, and are increasingly becoming a political football. Weapons and cars are allowed to be produced here during the pandemic, open-plan offices continue to operate as if nothing happened, and the measures are being eased due to economic pressures, irrespective of the fact that this relaxation contradicts the fight against the pandemic.

Protecting our fundamental rights and culture

In stark contrast to this, since the start of the pandemic, the approach to culture has been to restrict it. Culture has been seen as dispensable and simply shut down. At the same time, industry continued, the Christmas economy continued against all common sense, many international corporations saw huge profits, and the pandemic widened the gap between the rich and poor.

Anyone who articulates the idea that culture, social interaction or, heaven forbid, dancing are important for a fulfilled and happy life is dismissed and labelled irresponsible. “Culture, festivals, theatre, art, and clubs… we can and must do without those” echoed against those who then gingerly claimed: “But, yeah, culture is important…”

A lot of the measures affected us, especially in our private lives. We were no longer allowed to meet with others; our social lives were diminished, basic human rights were restricted - and dancing with other people was completely out of the question.

Although we’re critical of politicians for their massive failure in tackling the pandemic, we do consider most of the measures taken to be sensible and see our sacrifice as being in solidarity with everyone and to the benefit of everyone. We took a clear position early on against the Corona Deniers, conspiracy theorists, and their right-wing allies.

We’re now over a year into the pandemic and have had to sit by and watch Germany’s failure in tackling it. Failure in testing, vaccinating, the digitalisation of education and health authorities on a large scale. While everyone patted each other on the back after the first wave, the government slept through the second and third waves - or just accepted them as given. This has not only cost the lives of thousands of people, but has also indefinitely extended the significant restrictions to our basic rights.

A new concept rather than inaction

Comprehensive rapid testing and other sensible ideas to facilitate a safer and better life during the pandemic have resulted in endless discussions, bickering over responsibilities, hesitation, and bureaucracy. Innovations that lead us out of the pandemic are in short supply.  

We’re tired of this lack of initiative/perspective and want to end this negative lethargy. With our sophisticated concept of mass PCR testing, we want to demonstrate that there are good prospects for a return for our basic rights, for festivals, and for culture during the pandemic. We say “Bring on the beautiful life” and we want to enjoy a Fusion festival in 2021.

This will probably have to be with certain restrictions but we only want to do the festival if we can experience Fusion in the way we all know and love it.

For us, it’s clear: we can guarantee the fundamental right of self-determination because our testing concept excludes the risk of infection to the greatest possible extent. That is why we can, want to, indeed will, together with many others, listen to concerts and dance barefoot in fields.

If we have a good and safe concept in place, there is no longer any reason to continue to restrict the right to free personal development  – and thus the enjoyment of art and culture  – nor to refuse our festival permit.

Last year we voluntarily cancelled the festival early on. At that time it was not conceivable that our Minister President in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern would invite the whole country to holiday on our beaches and lakes in the summer because of the low COVID case numbers at that time. If mass tourism is possible again this summer around the time of the festival, then we can and will host Fusion with our indicatory testing and hygiene concept.

Preserve festival culture

A festival is all about people coming together, conversing and coming to understand one another. Without these forms of social interaction and with social distancing a festival is not a festival and Fusion is not Fusion. With our comprehensive testing and hygiene strategy we can take back this important part of our lives and, despite the pandemic, put on our festival to a large extent how we know and love it.

Mass testing offers an avenue and perspective for culture to continue to function and be maintained, even in a crisis. Waiting for the pandemic to end is definitely not the way forward.

This is about safeguarding festival culture and the network of people in and around them. It is about opening up new paths forwards and offering temporary breaks from this dystopian situation. We are prepared to go to great lengths to achieve this.

In terms of testing, we are already much further on than we were a few months ago. This is the reason that we are able to put forwards such an ambitious concept. The technology, the hard and software, the personnel and the capacity for mass PCR-testing exist  – and they are available to us. The concept “PCR tests for all” is simple, even if the logistics and high costs associated with it at this scale present us with an enormous challenge.

2. Our testing concept and processes

During the implementation of this strategy all those involved in the production are regularly tested with fully valid CE/IVD-certified RT-PCR tests. All festival goers will be tested on the day of arrival and during the festival using a fully fledged CE/IVD RT-PCR test procedure on site or at a decentralized location. To this end, we’ll operate our own medically staffed and supervised mobile test centre with a molecular biological  BSL2-laboratory on the Kulturkosmos site in Lärz from May onwards.

Multiple Test Centres

For travel to the festival, we’ll set up “Advance test centres” with laboratories at three different locations (Berlin, Hamburg, and Leipzig or Jena), which will be in addition to the laboratory in Lärz. All test centres and labs will be IT connected with our ticketing system. All ticket holders will be tested at one of the test centres. The samples are to be analysed in the adjacent lab within 70-90 minutes. The results are then transmitted digitally to our ticketing system. Those tested at the advance centres can travel directly to Lärz with their vehicle or in one of the Bassliner busses after taking their test. During the trip, the samples will be evaluated in the lab. Upon arrival, the result will be already available in digital form. 

Tests are free of charge for all Fusionsists.

Everyone who has already tested negative for COVID-19 in Lärz or at one of the three advance centres will receive their entry wristband in Lärz. All wristbands have a chip installed with an individual ID. The chips are “unlocked” upon being given out and then permit entry to the festival site. Entry is only permitted to the festival site and camping grounds with one of these chips.

In order to minimise the risk of infection while travelling to the festival in cars, on buses, at the test centres, in the waiting areas, and at the entrance to the festival, all visitors are requested to carry out a rapid COVID test before departure. Furthermore, a mask is to be worn until the unlocked wristband is issued.

Safer than any other everyday situation

With this comprehensive strategy, we ensure that the risk of infection at the festival is reduced to an absolute minimum. We understand this to mean a significantly lower risk of infection when compared to any and all other everyday situations. We are striving for a level of safety that enables us and our guests to move and behave freely without the daily fear of infecting themselves or others. 

At any moment during the festival, everyone can rely on the fact that everyone else has tested negative for COVID-19. For this reason, we do not see mask wearing or social distancing as needing to be mandatory. Nevertheless, we assume that our guests  – who, experience has shown, are characterised by a high-level of responsibility  – can decide individually for themselves and depending on the situation whether or not they would like to wear a mask and socially distance. The decision already made last summer to split the festival into two weekends, each with half as many visitors, will give everyone enough space to move around in the way that works best for them.

We’ll be keeping an eye on and hoping for more progression on the vaccination programme and how that affects our guests as well. We will accept recognised proof of vaccination for admission provided that it is scientifically proven and officially recognised that vaccinated people do not pose a risk of infection. This may be able to ease the demand on our PCR test centres. The infrastructure for a vaccination check can be connected to the ticketing system and was already taken into account when the new software was developed.

Below, we will outline the testing strategy for the different groups such as guests, artists and Crews, at entry and during their stay on the festival site.

2.1 Setting up phase

Here in Lärz we have already been testing all colleagues, visiting crew members, and set-up teams regularly with rapid COVID tests since early March.

In early May a test centre with a mobile PCR laboratory will be set up in Lärz. We will use this to regularly test all the people involved in setting up the festival. An electronic registration system will be used to organise this regular testing. By linking this to the digital system for permitting access to meals, we’ll ensure that everyone is tested at the required intervals.

Supporters who travel to the festival in advance will be tested like all other colleagues once they arrive. Supporters who only arrive once the festival after the festival has begun will be tested like all other guests.

Masks will be a requirement for delivery services and service providers and all of the people who deal with them.

The necessity and usefulness of a contact tracing system have been extensively evaluated. Since all those present are regularly PCR-tested, all cases of infection are detected at an early stage and reported to the health authority. Quick and direct contact tracing will therefore be much simpler and a digital tracing system would only add minimal value, if any.

If people do become infected during the setting up phase, we will test more regularly in those areas where they work. Both before and during the festival we will make sure that anyone who becomes infected quarantines (inside). If required, we have separate accommodation in the region available.

2.2 Test stations for guests

2.2.1 Advance testing and lab stations in Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig/Jena

All those travelling to the festival from the south or west have the chance to use one of the test centres that we will have set up in Hamburg and Leipzig or Jena (final location to be confirmed). There the tickets will be scanned and a PCR test carried out. Those who have been tested can then continue their journey, during which time their tests will be evaluated by the time they arrive in Lärz and the results are transmitted to our ticketing system.

2.4.2 Test and laboratory centre in Lärz.

Access to the festival site for all buses and vehicles is via the B198. The test centre will be erected in a logistics area that we have rented specifically for this purpose in the southeast section of the airfield. The centre is housed in a 250m2 temporary hall. The capacity of the centre is designed to test up to 15,000 guests within 12 hours. Parking for the wait time of up to 90 minutes can be set up on site. Sufficient waiting areas are also available for those arriving without a vehicle. After the test analysis, those waiting are informed of the result, by SMS for instance, and/ or can check the progress of their test process at any time.

2.3 Arrival by bus

Arrivals by bus are split into two groups: via the advance test centres where the test is carried out before the journey; and the Lärz centre which enables a test before admission.

2.3.1 Advance test centres

Everyone arriving from Hamburg and Berlin with Bassliner will be PCR tested at one of our advance test centres and labs before they start their journey. The buses head to Lärz from there. All bus travellers must take a rapid COVID test along with their PCR to ensure the bus journey is safe. It is compulsory to wear a mask while on the bus. Those who have already been PCR tested will typically have had their results transmitted to the ticketing system by the time they arrive in Lärz and can be granted admission.

2.3.2 Lärz test centre

All Bassliner buses from cities without an advance test centre will bring guests to the Lärz test centre. These bus passengers will also have to do a rapid test before travel to ensure safety of the journey. 

2.4 Individual arrivals

In Lärz, everyone arriving by train or in their own car will have to do a PCR test and wait 70-90 minutes for it to be analysed. There are extensive waiting areas outside the festival site with sufficient parking spaces. All passengers in each single car are recorded and entered as a group  – if one person tests positive the entire group is denied entry to prevent a potential cluster.

2.4.1 Individual arrival by train

All those who arrive by train via Neustrelitz are asked to undergo a rapid test before arrival. All visitors should then photograph their negative test proof together with their ticket. This proof is required to take the shuttle from the train station to the festival site. If you are unable to present a test result, you’ll have to take a second test in Neustrelitz. The shuttle buses bring rail travellers to the PCR test centre in Lärz.

The number of people arriving by train should be kept as low as possible. Passengers who might like to travel by train from Berlin and Hamburg are offered direct bus connections with Bassliner. There are many advantages to this method: it’s cheaper, you don’t have to change trains, and PCR tests can be carried out before departure. This also eliminates the waiting time in Lärz.

2.4.2 Individual arrival with your own vehicle

Upon arrival in Lärz, the tickets of the passengers in the vehicle are scanned first and the vehicle registered. Then comes the PCR. Anyone who has not taken a PCR test at one of the advance centres will be tested on the airfield in Lärz.

2.5 Second test during the festival

A second PCR test of all guests on Saturday or Sunday ensures that anyone who was infected before or during their trip to the festival will be identified early on before they themselves become infectious or others are infected. For this purpose, a PCR test is carried out using a pooling process.

2.5.1 Guests

The festival site and camping grounds are separated by a fence. All those who want to carry on partying through to Sunday will need to give a gargle or saliva sample on Saturday evening at one of the seven gates connecting the festival and camping areas.

The chip on the wristband is scanned and the according test result loaded onto it. If the test in the pool of people is positive, the whole group needs to perform a PCR test. To carry out this mass testing procedure, we will perform PCR tests at all gates between the festival site and camping grounds from 6pm on Saturday evening.

There will be a break on Sunday morning from 8am across the entirety of the festival site to ensure this process. All guests will have to leave the festival site for the camping area. This will be the latest point for anyone who wants to stay partying on Sunday to give a gargle or saliva test while leaving the festival site. All samples will be analysed in our lab by 12:00 midday. All those who have tested negatively will be able to return to the festival site after this point.

Since this is operated through a pooling method, if anyone in the pool tests positive, the whole pool needs to perform an individual PCR test. If an infection is detected, those affected will be denied re-entry, will need to leave the festival and we will communicate this occurrence to the health authorities. We will organise your travel home in accordance with further infection prevention.

2.5.2 Crew

All Crew members and staff will be PCR tested every three days before and during the festival. In order to confirm the final evaluation, all colleagues who remain on site in the week following the festival will be tested one last time. The samples can be taken at the point of food collection or backstage access.

2.5.3. Artists

Artists need to do a rapid test before boarding the shuttle, or at the latest at the artists entry point when they arrive at the festival if they travel individually. Artists who stay on at the festival for several days will need to take a PCR test just like the other festival guests.

2.5.4. Sunday guests

On the second festival weekend, there will be Sunday tickets available for local residents. All Sunday guests must complete a rapid test at the ticket office.

FAQs

Why are you publishing this concept in the middle of the third wave?

Fusion festival takes months of preparation.

Furthermore, it reqiuires a detailed review and approval process. We have now submitted the protection against infection part of this concept in good time.
The planning stages for ourselves and our network of partners are complex and we now need to be cleared for take off, as we still consider Fusion 2021 to be possible.
Last year we cancelled Fusion very early on - in April - of our own free will. We were among the first to do so and, at that time, there were no guidelines or restrictions related to this decision. Now we have created this comprehensive testing and hygiene concept independently of the current developments of the pandemic. This is because we hope that, by the end of June, the situation will have changed for the better and we can make the seemingly impossible possible. If it doesn’t work out, of course we don’t want to disregard the impossible.

How is this even possible with 35,000 people? From an organisational perspective, it’s just not doable.

We designed this concept, which is so far unique in nature, together with medical professionals, laboratories, and IT specialists. We’re now working on implementing mass PCR testing on this scale by the end of June 2021.

All of this is indeed a logistical challenge, but it is entirely possible. As one of the oldest and largest festivals in the country, we have experience in organising the infrastructures required for a very large number of people over a very short time period. It is not without reason that large numbers of people who work in organising culture and events are currently working in vaccination centres.

It is realistic that rapid COVID tests and PCR tests can be carried out for all visitors, crew members, and artists. At this point it should be noted that, this year, instead of hosting 70,000 people in one weekend, we will host two lots of 35,000 people, which is logistically easier.

Isn’t hosting a festival during a pandemic simply irresponsible?

What is irresponsible is the haphazard lifting of of the coronavirus measures - what is commonly referred to as “Lockerungen” (“easing”) in Germany. In contrast to this, using the latest technology and uncompromisingly safety measures, we have presented a very complex but very responsible and targeted way to lift the restriction to our fundamental and basic rights - at least for a short period of time.

We are putting this enormous effort into making Fusion safer than any nursery, school, open-plan office, or production facility. Our measures ensure that the risk of infection is excluded to the greatest possible extent.

Doesn’t having people partying together at a festival send the wrong message?

With an innovative concept of mass PCR testing, a festival like Fusion can take place with maximum protection from infection. This is the signal we want to send. If that message comes with cheerful and liberated partying and dancing, then all the better.

 

Why not just do without culture and festivals until the pandemic is over?

Art, culture, parties, clubs, music, and dancing were the first social institutions that were ruthlessly and uncompromisingly shut down. If they are not permitted again until the end of the pandemic (and who knows when that will be) culture is at fundamental risk. We’re now over a year into the pandemic and have had to sit by and watch Germany’s failure in tackling it. Failure in testing, vaccinating, the digitalisation of education and health authorities on a large scale. While everyone patted each other on the back after the first wave, the government slept through the second and third waves - or just accepted them as given. This has not only cost the lives of thousands of people, but has also indefinitely extended the significant restrictions to our basic rights. No one can predict today how long the pandemic will last, but if we wait for politicians to open up to new perspectives and ideas, culture will be irreparably damaged and partly wiped out.

With our concept we want to show that we can safely organise and host a festival during the pandemic and that there are feasible and responsible approaches that can give us back our freedom - even if that’s only for a few days. The point is to facilitate freedom and temporarily remove the restrictions that are the result of the pandemic through a comprehensive, effective, and safe hygiene and testing concept. Making utopias possible has obviously always been our mission.

Up to what infection rate is the concept realistically feasible?

We don’t want to discount the impossible, but we do want to make the seemingly impossible possible. The infection rate is a ratio to which the limits of acceptability is moved by politicians based on interest groups and these limits often have very short shelf lives.

We evaluate the overall situation of the pandemic - this is what dictates whether or not our concept can be implemented responsibly.

If mass tourism is once again allowed in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern during the time in which the festival would take place, then we will be able to celebrate our festival with our reliable testing concept.

What legal basis are you operating on?

The coronavirus measures and restrictions are justified by the fact that our physical integrity and lives (Article 2 of the Basic Law of Germany) are endangered. The fact that this danger is so great acts as justification for the restriction of other fundamental rights, such as the right to freely develop our personalities (Article 2 of the Basic Law of Germany).

However, if the risk to life and physical integrity no longer exists, there is no objective justification for restricting other fundamental rights. This is the case with our testing and hygiene concept through mass PCR testing: the risk of infection is reduced to an absolute minimum of residual risk, and therefore the justification for the restrictions is no longer applicable.

From a technical perspective, how do you intend to ensure that you test everyone?

Entry to the festival is only permitted if the person tests negative.

All guests have an individualised ticket with an identification number and a QR code. Before the test in the PCR lab, the ticket will be scanned and the test is then assigned to that ticket. If the test is negative, the ticketing system knows that the person can be admitted. If the person tests positive, entry will be denied.

All those involved - be they crew members, artists, or guests - will also receive an entry wristband with a chip and an individual number. The number of this chip will be linked to the first test and the second test during the festival. Entry to the festival site will only be possible on Sunday with a negative PCR test. Upon re-entry, the chips are scanned and access granted or denied.

For this purpose, we are developing a system that connects with our IT, our ticketing system, and the laboratory which maps out these requirements and provides the necessary interfaces. Visitors receive a digital ticket by email before the festival. You can print this or show it on your smartphone. During your test - whether at our advance test centres, or in Lärz - the ticket is scanned and linked to your test. If the test is negative, the ticket is released for admission. Only people with unlocked tickets will receive a wristband which allows them entry.

A local IT system and network will be established on site in Lärz, which will function without being connected to the internet in order to improve the stability of the system. Results from the cities where tests are carried out before the departure of the Bassliner buses, are sent to this system.

What data do you collect?

We keep the amount of data collected to an absolute minimum. However, our testing concept involves there being personalised tickets to which a test result can be assigned. Clearly Fusion will only be possible this year under these conditions.

COVID-19 infections are legally obligated to be reported. If you test positive, the lab must report this to the health authorities.

PCR tests are only valid for 72 hours, how will you solve this?

There will be a longer break to the celebrations on Sunday morning. During this break, all visitors must leave the festival site and head to the camping areas. From Saturday night to Sunday morning, all visitors give a second gargle sample at the gates between the festival grounds and the camping areas. This is then evaluated in our lab.

Readmission to the festival area on Sunday is only possible after a further negative PCR test result. The tests and results are connected to the individual chips on the festival wristbands.

Is there still a requirement to wear a mask at Fusion?

Until you enter the areas in which all people have tested negative with PCR, a strict obligation to wear a mask is in place. In particular, this applies to the bus journey, the test centres, the waiting areas, and the entrance.

Due to our spatial separation concept on arrival, only people who have tested negative will remain on the festival site. That’s why we don’t think a general mask requirement is necessary.

We do however assume that our community - as ever - will behave responsibly. Under the circumstances outlined, not wearing a mask does not mean acting irresponsibly. Many guests will of course choose to wear a mask and/ or socially distance of their own volition.

What further measures will Fusion implement to avoid infection?

By dividing Fusion into two weekends, each with half the amount of visitors, there is a lot more space available. Those who want to socially distance will be able to. This ensures a pleasant atmosphere for everyone.

Disinfectant dispensers will be set up at key locations on site.

There will be no events in poorly ventilated rooms.

What happens to people who test positive?

If someone tests positive with the PCR despite having tested negative with the rapid test before departure, they have a problem. A positive PCR test does not necessarily mean that the person was contagious during the past few hours or will be in the upcoming hours. But it does mean that an infection has occurred and a viral load has been detected. This viral load can be approximately determined in the test result - the so-called CT value. However, it is not possible to establish whether or not the viral load will increase or decrease. The PCR test can only determine whether or how contagious the tested person is at the time of the test. This means that those who test positive cannot be admitted. If they test positive in the second test (Sat/ Sun), they have to leave the festival and go into quarantine. Depending on the CT value of the test result, we will consult with doctors and the health authorities to establish what further measures should be taken. In a worst-case, i.e. if the person is or was contagious, this of course means that those in direct contact with this person can also not be allowed to enter the festival site and they must leave the festival. We will then arrange the travel home in accordance with protecting against infection. If for any operational reasons (such as departure back home is not possible that same day, etc.), we will provide accommodation that offers sufficient space for those concerned.

Due to the testing strategy, the prerequisites that we take as given, and the conditions under which a festival will be possible during the pandemic, we assume that - after excluding false positive results - no more than a single-digit number of positive people will be identified before admission to Lärz.

In order to rule out false positives, a further PCR test is carried out after the first positive result.

Anyone who has had an infection in the weeks before the festival must bring a certificate from the health authorities with them to prove this.

What happens if we travel together by car and one of us tests positive?

Upon arrival at the festival, we will record who is in each vehicle together. If a person tests positive by PCR, this can mean - depending on the CT value of the PCR and/ or the evidence of a recent infection - that the other passengers are not allowed in and sent to quarantine. So, to be safe, be sure to carry out a rapid test before you set off together!

 

Will I get my money back if I’m not allowed in because of a positive test result?

If, despite a negative rapid test, you test positive by PCR test and have to return to quarantine, we will refund the ticket after the festival.

 

You recommend taking the bus to the festival, is that not completely unsafe?

Before the bus journey, all passengers take a rapid test. There is a strict mask requirement on the bus.

Such a high level of infection prevention does not exist on regular train journeys or other local public transport.

Won’t all this lead to massive waiting times before and at the festival? Where’s the freedom and fun in all this with all the tests and controls?

Of course this will be a slightly different Fusion this year during the pandemic and it will not be possible to avoid the fact that we will all sometimes have to wait longer or be checked again. That’s the price we have to pay for having a festival during a pandemic. But our concept is based on the assumption that we can have a Fusion how we know and love it.

Anyone arriving with a Bassliner bus from one of the advance test centres will not have to wait for the result in Lärz.

How is the prevention of infection guaranteed during the setting up of the festival?

Already since the start of March, all staff, crew, and construction workers arriving in Lärz have been regularly tested by rapid testing.

At the beginning of May, a test centre with a mobile PCR lab will be built on the site in Lärz. In this way, all those involved in the construction are tested at regular intervals. Regular testing is tracked through electronic registration. The connection to the digital access of food collection means that the testing cycles are adhered to.

When dealing with suppliers and service providers, there is a requirement to wear a mask for them and all those who come into contact with them.

Is this all way too expensive?

Such a sophisticated testing concept with an estimated 180,000 PCR tests to be carried out of course costs a lot of money. On the other hand, due to the pandemic, we have significantly increased the festival ticket price for 2021. This concept was not included in the calculation. In contrast to organisations that are for profit, we do not want to spare any costs, nor shy away from efforts that will make Fusion possible or aid the fight for our freedom. We do not know whether or how we’ll be able to finance it in the end, but we firmly believe that we will not fail because of money.

We ask politicians to actively promote and financially support progressive test concepts like the one we have developed. Culture in the pandemic requires state funding. Governments on a regional and national level have so far slept through and missed innovative testing strategies. Mass PCR testing is more sustainable for festivals than the cost of the often-promised grants to cover losses.

What will happen to those who have been vaccinated?

We’ll be keeping an eye on and hoping for more progression on the vaccination programme and how that affects our guests as well. We will accept recognised proof of vaccination for admission provided that it is scientifically proven and officially recognised that vaccinated people do not pose a risk of infection. This may be able to ease the demand on our PCR test centres. The infrastructure for a vaccination check can be connected to the ticketing system and was already taken into account when the new software was developed.

 

Are you going to perform contact tracing of guests?

Given that all those present are regularly PCR tested, all cases of infection are detected at an early stage and reported to the health authorities. Timely and direct contact tracing is thus greatly simplified.

The necessity and usefulness of a digital contact tracing system have been extensively evaluated. Essentially, such systems can only be useful as a supplementary component.

The two system types for this are:

  1. Long-term and distance-related automatic systems (e.g. the German government’s Corona Warn App)

  2. Location-based manual systems that require an active check in (and check out) at different locations.

The typical visitor to Fusion moves as part of a group across the festival site and stops at various outdoor stages for an undetermined amount of time. The sound-filled chill areas, sitting spaces, and dance floors are very spacious.

Manual check-in systems generally are not properly adapted for the dynamism or structure of an open-air festival. Not only is the location data difficult to record, but also the size of the area becomes an issue when trying to send people alerts.

Automated systems that record the distance away from someone and duration of a contact with someone, regardless of location, on the other hand, are very well suited to identify contacts that carry a risk of infection and to distinguish them from contacts that are irrelevant from an epidemiological point of view.

We therefore recommend that our guests use the official “Corona Warn-App” of the Robert Koch Institute.