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Photos show thousands of British partygoers dancing in a warehouse without masks

Summary List PlacementOn Friday night, 3,000 people in Liverpool, UK, lined up in excitement for a night of club dancing, just like they used to. Maskless and shoulder to shoulder, clubgoers packed Bramley-Moore Dock warehouse with a DJ and vibed all night for a science experiment, as The New York Times reported. Source: The New York Times It was part of a trial led by the University of Liverpool's Iain Buchan to see how a full reopening would work, including what measures clubs could use to reopen. Source: The New York Times Scientists used the event to see if crowds dancing indoors would increase the...

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On Friday night, 3,000 people in Liverpool, UK, lined up in excitement for a night of club dancing, just like they used to.

Maskless and shoulder to shoulder, clubgoers packed Bramley-Moore Dock warehouse with a DJ and vibed all night for a science experiment, as The New York Times reported.

Source: The New York Times

It was part of a trial led by the University of Liverpool’s Iain Buchan to see how a full reopening would work, including what measures clubs could use to reopen.

Source: The New York Times

Scientists used the event to see if crowds dancing indoors would increase the transmission of the virus, the BBC reported.

Source: BBC

With no mask mandates and bans on hand sanitizer — a precaution to prevent partygoers from bringing their own booze, according to The Times — participants acted as if the pandemic never happened.

Source: The New York Times

While people partied like the pandemic was over, scientists monitored movements, carbon-dioxide levels, and ventilation throughout the event.

Source: The New York Times

The event continued on Saturday night, and participant Phill Turner told Insider it felt more like a rave than a club with “built-up energy within the room.”

Source: Phill Turner/Instagram

Turner said the whole event was “pure joy, apart from when the last song ended and it sank in that even though we were back, it would still be at least a few months until we experienced this again.”

Liverpool’s director of public health, Matthew Ashton, told Insider: “I’m so proud that Liverpool is leading the way in the reopening of the events sector. Thousands of people in the city have made history by taking part in a number of pilot events and the science and research will underpin everything moving forward.” Representatives for Buchan didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment on the results of the trial.

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