Two music festivals named as Covid-19 locations of interest

Source: 1News

A music festival in Mount Maunganui has been named as a close contact location of interest by the Ministry of Health.

People dancing at a music festival (file picture).

The Drum and Bass festival, which was held on Monday January 3, has been listed as a close contact location, which requires anyone who was there to self-isolate and get a Covid test immediately.

Some DJs that played at the festival in Mount Maunganui are also currently playing at an event in Auckland.

Hybrid Minds, Friction and Koven were all listed as acts at the Mount Maunganui Festival, and are performing at Plane Sailing being held at Auckland’s Victoria Park on Saturday night.

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DJ Friction was also pulled from the Rhythm & Alps New Year’s music festival, after being a close contact of another Covid case and needing to isolate.

A Covid-19 case announced on Saturday afternoon in Wellington is possibly linked to the Bay of Plenty festival.

While the case was likely not infectious at the time, the Ministry of Health is asking all event attendees to get tested as soon as possible and isolate at home until they receive a negative result.

Hidden Valley Festival in Matakana, north of Auckland was also added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest on Saturday.

Anyone who went to Hidden Valley, which was held on Sunday January 2, is asked to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after the event.

If symptoms develop, the Ministry of Health advises people to get a test and stay at home until returning a negative result.