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Nearly 90pc stated that they would be prepared to take an antigen test for entry

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More than 35pc of people are ready for the return of live gigs, a new survey has shown.

A survey conducted by Radio Nova between the 14th and 19th July asked 1,982 listeners about their thoughts on the reopening of hospitality and music venues.

They found that more than one third (35pc) of participants “are comfortable and ready for the return of live gigs” and nearly 90pc stated that they would be prepared to take an antigen test for entry.

Despite the eager response to the return of live music, respondents were more hesitant when it came to nightclubs and pubs, with many saying that they would not enter these settings until 2022. 4pc said that they would never be comfortable in a nightclub again post-Covid.

More than half of all participants (51pc) said that events and restaurants should only be open to those who are fully vaccinated.

Speaking about the results of the survey, PJ Gallagher, co-host of the Morning Glory breakfast show on Radio Nova, said: “With the Radio Nova survey we found out exactly how people felt about returning to live music and live venues and some of the answers were fantastic. 

“People are really missing live music and entertainment and, whilst some want to get straight back to it and are more than happy to take a Covid Test before attending a gig, many others want to play it safe. 

"I think it was a brilliant exercise to see how people feel as a whole,” he added.

Kevin Branigan, CEO, Radio Nova, continued: “Live gigs and entertainment and the restrictions around their safe return is a very hot topic at the moment, as evidenced by the impressive number of respondents to our survey. 

“The results show that our listeners are divided on many of the main issues but what is clear is that the people of Dublin are very passionate about live entertainment and gigs and are eager for them to return in a safe manner.”

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