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BRIT Awards to go ahead with audience of 4,000 as part of Covid research

It will be the UK's first major indoor event in over a year

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The 2021 BRIT Awards will go ahead with an audience of 4,000 next month, as part of the UK government’s research programme into live events.

Audience members will not have to wear face coverings or socially distance, however they will have to provide proof of a negative Covid test before entering the venue.

Guests will also be asked to take a test after the event for research purposes, and will be required to provide details to NHS Test and Trace.

2,500 tickets will be gifted to key workers from the Greater London area, to thank them for their service during the coronavirus pandemic.

The star-studded ceremony, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, will be held at the O2 Arena on May 11.

Dua Lipa, Griff, Arlo Parks and Headie One are among artists scheduled to perform on the night.

In a statement this morning, the UK’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said this year’s BRIT Awards will be “particularly special”.

“They will reunite live audiences with the best of British talent for the first time in a year, while providing a vital opportunity to see how we can get large crowds back safely as soon as possible,” he said.

“Music connected us when we were separated by this pandemic and now it’s going to help bring us back together again.”

Check out the full list of BRIT Award nominees here.

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