Even though the recent Covid-19 pandemic has made widespread travel and live events almost nonexistent, the United Kingdom is working on changing all that. Working with a recent startup company, You Check with the creation of a Digital Passport, live music events may be something that can be enjoyed again soon.
You Check has created a new mobile app, which is used to purchase tickets for the music events while at the same time being able to check to see if you have COVID-19. The app can take your medical data and test to see whether or not you have COVID-19 with 97% accuracy. With this high of an accuracy, this app will likely be a large step in reopening live gigs.
They are working with the Music Venue Trust and are hoping to run their tests alongside the United Kingdom’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport. Working with the government is one of their chief goals. They believe that it will take the government’s collaboration to fully ensure safety for everyone that attends the live music events.
It was initially designed to be a standard ticket app, but after COVID-19 struck, You check worked to incorporate their new design. Over the recent year, they have upgraded their app to contain testing, tracking, and tracing software to test for the virus in event-goers.
The app can also alert people attending these events of possible infections, and it can help the people using the app find nearby centers to get test kits. Not only that, but the app can also keep track of the outcomes of tests and such inside the app for easy access.
When you first get the app, it will gather and store your personal data and identification that way; it can quickly and easily verify your identity and speed along the process. Once things are fully worked out, it will significantly increase the speed of people getting their tickets and cleared to go to live music events.
Since COVID-19’s incubation period is 2 – 4 days, you are good to go to any music even up to 48 hours away once you have been tested. It is not a perfect system currently, but it at least opens up the possibility of a few musical gigs getting opened back up to the public after the trials.
The trials will take place in London and Bristol, England, at two different clubs. In London, the music event will be held at the London’s 100 Club, and in Bristol, it will be held at The Exchange. These events will be held sometime in March of 2021, with the events only being opened to 25% of their total capacity.
As with any good scientific study, the trial runs for the You Check app will be performed twice on the same group of people. After that, more tests will be performed on other groups of people, and over time they hope to build up the capacity for these events.
There are high hopes that this app will make a large enough difference where the live music events in England will be saved from being shut down. While there is a large amount, there are still being shut down. Others have been merely postponed as the government waits to see how the initial tests go.