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  • now music festival is going ahead in the Netherlands this weekend, despite the rest of the country being under a covid 19 lockdown.

  • The two day event is an experiment to try to work out whether there is a safe way to allow large social gatherings without increasing the spread of the virus.

  • But with the average number of new infections in the country up by 25% since last week, questions are being asked about the wisdom of holding a festival during a pandemic.

  • Our correspondent Anna Hooligan, sent this report from Bidding Goossen near Amsterdam, surreal as it might look, a reminder of what life was once like and an opportunity to pilot a way back to this.

  • Yeah, I'm just really happy that we can go party again.

  • What does it feel like you're for IQ?

  • 1500 people managed to get a ticket for this, and everyone here had to show a negative test before they were allowed in.

  • Everyone is meant to be wearing a Moscow, and as you can see, they aren't neither realized or they don't care.

  • And of course, the risk with an event like this is when people stop following the rules that could potentially affect everyone outside this controlled environment.

  • Soon they were all mixing, and the masks had mostly vanished.

  • Once you're into the mood of dancing and partying, they fly away.

  • In no time they become a party hat, as I usually say, as all these people are tested and no negatives, that, of course, this is not a normal situation.

  • You have to see them as test bunnies during an experiment.

  • This is not normal life.

  • There will be people who think it's unethical to use these young people like guinea pigs.

  • What do you say to them?

  • Uhh!

  • All these people, all the participants know that there's a minor risk.

  • They are well aware of it.

  • We believe from the first data that we can say the risk is not much higher than staying at home.

  • These are motion sensors designed to track the group dynamics, and the government is paying for the scientific research.

  • This event will inevitably raise eyebrows and questions about how ethical it is, especially when neighboring nations are locking down.

  • Here in the Netherlands, the infection rate has gone up by 25% since last week in What sense is this valuable when the risks are still so great?

  • Yeah, it will only give us the data to reopen the society.

  • If you plan it right, you can do safe things.

  • So this is not an unsafe event.

  • The entertainment industry in the Netherlands and around the world has been shut down by measures to stop our social interactions.

  • The isolation has huge consequences for businesses and our mental health.

  • And this is very much because I really love dancing.

  • So for me personally, it's a big missing to miss this.

  • So yeah, I love it.

  • I enjoy it to the next.

  • Yeah, we've missed each other and now we can go to a party again.

  • This feels like a revelation of freedom.

  • Again, We're really happy to be able to meet like this again.

  • Yeah, it feels so surreal.

  • Meet different people and handshake and hugging.

  • And it's like you've been doing a lot of hugging then.

  • Yeah, really.

  • Everyone, everyone.

  • They'll be tested again next week to see if this event has been the source of an outbreak.

  • Although on previous occasions not everyone showed up for the second test.

  • Looking ahead to festival season.

  • Mhm.

  • This might be a model for other countries to follow.

now music festival is going ahead in the Netherlands this weekend, despite the rest of the country being under a covid 19 lockdown.

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