Lewis Capaldi defends Scots gig despite coronavirus fears

The Scottish singer, 23, ended his UK tour on Sunday by performing at the city's P&J Live events space.

Capaldi: Concert went ahead on Sunday night in Aberdeen. Getty Images
Capaldi: Concert went ahead on Sunday night in Aberdeen.

Lewis Capaldi has defended his decision to go-ahead with his sold-out arena show in Aberdeen, despite coronavirus fears.

The Scottish singer, 23, ended his UK tour on Sunday by performing at the city’s P&J Live events space.

While the Scottish Government has not banned mass gatherings, it has urged event organisers to cancel them from Monday, to support efforts dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

A spokesman for Capaldi said: “The final show of Lewis’s UK arena tour in Aberdeen on Sunday March 15 went ahead in full compliance with the advisory document on mass gatherings issued by the Scottish Government at 1pm on the same day.

“The document states that the advice applies from Monday March 16 and is ‘not expected to have a significant impact on the spread of Covid-19, and this is not its purpose’, but that it aims ‘to relieve pressure on public services, including emergency services’.

“Security, first aid, medical and welfare teams were paid for by the organisers as normal and the venue had additional signage in place to highlight best practice on hygiene during the event.

“We’d like to thank everyone who came along to Aberdeen and the other tour dates for welcoming Lewis so warmly.”

The Who, Madonna and Miley Cyrus have cancelled live dates, while festivals such as Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and Coachella and Stagecoach in the US, have been postponed or called off.

However, acts including the Stereophonics, who performed at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena at the weekend, have gone ahead with shows.

The Scottish Government published updated guidance about mass gatherings on Sunday.

It asks that from Monday large events, indoors or outdoors, are cancelled or postponed, and calls on organisers “to act responsibly to support the efforts of emergency services and the wider public sector” in the response to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

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