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UK venues to test ‘health passports’ to help “reopen live music safely”

Music venues in the UK are planning to trial the introduction of ‘health passports’ in order to host live concerts in a safe capacity once again.

Venues have had their livelihood’s stolen from them over the last twelve months due to the coronavirus pandemic which has made live music seem like a distant memory. Many of these venues now have uncertain futures and have grown desperate to get their businesses up and running once more. It has now been announced that start-up company You Check have been handed control to trial a new digital health passport app. The firm will be collaborating with the Music Venue Trust, and the government’s Department has already approved this move for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

“We’re working, not exclusively, with Innova in terms of testing – technology that looks for a viral load high enough to be contagious with 97 per cent plus accuracy,” You Check COO Fred Krefting told Event industry News. “With COVID the incubation period is two to five days. For the honeymoon phase after the test, it’s the shorter the better, which means you’re good to go to a show for 48 hours.”

Plans are currently in place for London’s 100 Club and The Exchange in Bristol for March to hold events, although the capacity will be limited at 25 per cent. There will also be two sets of tests on the same people; if this is successful, they will then try it out at other venues all over the country and hopefully slowly increase the capacity.

“You Check’s identity first solution has a lot of potential to help venues and promoters manage risk,” said Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd.

“It has a fast and thorough authentication process which enables health information to be stored against portable digital identity and Music Venue Trust is pleased to be working with You Check to explore how this technology might form part of a comprehensive process which enables us to reopen every venue safely and revive live.”

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