RAPID TESTING AT VENUES NOT SOLUTION TO RESTORE LIVE EVENTS – MUSIC VENUE TRUST
By Laura Harding, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor
Rapid testing outside music venues is not the answer to reviving the live concert industry, but using Government testing centres could be way forward, the head of the Music Venue Trust has said.
Mark Davyd, the CEO of the organisation – which works to protect, secure and improve music venues, said the most viable move is to use the Government testing centres already in operation.
The Prime Minister has said rapid Covid-19 testing could help entertainment venues, such as theatres and nightclubs, start to welcome back customers once lockdown restrictions are eased.
However, Mr Davyd said it is unlikely venues themselves would be able to test patrons on the spot in a safe and efficient manner.
He told the PA news agency: “If we could use those to get people rapid tested, to get acknowledgement of a negative test onto their phones or a digital device, which they could show at the door, then it’s very practical to imagine that that could be a very significant contributor towards risk management.
“If we are imagining that every venue would carry out its own rapid test, that quickly moves into the realms of not making a lot of financial sense and also being a nightmare to administer and frankly being quite risky in terms of how efficient the testing would be.
“If we can rely on the rapid testing centres, then I think it’s definitely a contributor towards getting events back.”