FESTIVALS have already started to confirm they will go ahead this summer as Covid restrictions get set to lift from June 21.
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Festivals are hoping to go ahead from June 21Credit: AFP or licensors
Up until now, festival organisers have stayed under the radar with their plans for 2021.
The new freedoms could mean longer queues on entry, while staff may needed to be trained to ensure Covid safety. Here’s what could happen..
To ensure festival goers do not have Covid when they arrive, music fans could be required to have their temperature checked and take a rapid test upon entry.
One option could be the new five-minute Covid test developed by British biotech firm Avacta.
The test gives results in just five minutes, which is six times faster than kits developed by US company Innova already in use across the UK.
But the measures would likely make queues to tents even longer than normal and would require staff being trained for the job.
Another “ticket and test” scenario could see lateral tests would be sent out with tickets to live events and used the day beforehand — with a refund for a positive result.
On-site testing may be neededCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ministers are looking at adapting the NHS Covid-19 app to show jab status and test results — with encryption to keep data secure and facial recognition to prevent cheating.
A Whitehall source said: “The PM is keen to make sure they are only necessary for big ticket events and not in small local businesses.
“Many in government feel very uncomfortable about punters being asked to show their papers to enter a pub.”
But as jab passports are considered, some fear they might be seen as “facilitating discrimination” in minority communities where jab uptake is lower.
Music fans may be required to show jab passportsCredit: Alamy
Masks and Social Distancing
In its roadmap, the Government says: “Ahead of Step 4 (June 21), as more is understood about the impact of vaccines on transmission and a far greater proportion of the population has been vaccinated, the Government will complete a review of social distancing measures and other long-term measures that have been put in place to limit transmission.”
It continues: “The results of the review will help inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which rules on 1m+, face masks and other measures may be lifted.”
Event organisers will likely need to bump up their medical offering as measures like on-site temperature checks and rapid testing would create a lot of extra work.
The measures would require trained staff to conduct the tests while more first aid tents would be needed for fans complaining of Covid symptoms.
A large amount of PPE may also be needed to kit out medics on site.