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Scientists are looking for volunteers to go clubbing in Paris this weekend

Despite having just 48 hours to find 4400 prospective partygoers, researchers are ‘quite confident of their ability to recruit’

  • Megan Townsend
  • 25 June 2021
Scientists are looking for volunteers to go clubbing in Paris this weekend

Researchers in Paris are looking for thousands of volunteers to take part in a test event on Saturday, June 26. The study dubbed Reviens, La Nuit (Come back, the night) will be the first of its kind in France after similar pilot events in Barcelona, Berlin and Liverpool.

The project will assess the risk of transmission in enclosed, full capacity venues ahead of the planned reopening of French venues on July 9, for clubbers who have had a negative COVID-19 test in the last 48 hours or a Pass Sanitaire (France’s COVID-19 ‘health passport’).

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Two nightclubs will be taking part: Cabaret Sauvage and La Machine du Moulin Rouge.

Scientists are looking for volunteers from the wider Paris region between the ages of 18-49 who are fully vaccinated to take part and be the first people on France’s dancefloors since March 2020.

Guests will not be required to wear masks or socially distance, the bar will be open and all parts of the clubs will be free to explore. The study needs 4400 volunteers of which 2200 will be attending the club events and another 2200 will be in a control group that “stays at home and goes about their business”.

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All participants are expected to fill in in-depth questionnaires about what they did during the evening.

Dr. Liem Binh Luong Nguyen, one of the leaders of the study being carried out in conjunction with L'ANRS Maladies infectieuses émergente and Paris’s Cochin Hospital told Francetvinfo “We want to find the atmosphere of the dancefloors”

“We will ask a lot of questions about how the evening went, what they did and most importantly test them and then compare it against a control group that [didn’t attend the event].”

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“It is very important to have a control group. People who go to these places have practices that have not yet been very well measured and this allows a good point of comparison with those who go to [the clubs].”

Currently in the Paris area and interested? You can sign up for the trial by visiting

[Via: The Local]

Megan Townsend is Mixmag's Deputy Digital Editor, follow her on Twitter

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