WACKEN OPEN AIR Attendees Asked To Avoid Hugging, Kissing On The Cheek, And Shaking Hands
According to Reuters, fans attending this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany were asked on Thursday (July 30) to avoid "hugging, kissing on the cheek, and shaking hands" lest they spread the H1N1 influenza. On its web site, the health ministry of Germany's northern Schleswig-Holstein region optimistically advised revelers to restrain from any such sociable behavior so as to minimize the infection risk at the festival, which runs until August 1.
It also recommended fans did not share bottles of beer.
"We know that kissing and what have you can't be ruled out," said ministry spokesman Oliver Breuer. "They're just tips."
MOTÖRHEAD, HEAVEN & HELL and SAXON are among the bands that are scheduled to perform at the three-day festival, which organizers expect to attract about 75,000 fans.
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