A government-approved ‘digital health passport’ is set to be trialled in the hope that it will help the UK’s music venues reopen safely following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new platform - from London-based start-up You Check - will be trialled in collaboration with the Music Venue Trust (MVT) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). 

The passport will allow venue door staff to quickly verify an attendee's name, age, ticket and test result. It will also provide a crucial communication link between promoters and their audiences, beyond the primary ticket buyer. 

Commenting, Fred Krefting - founder and COO at You Check - recently told Event Industry News: “We’re working... in terms of testing - technology that looks for a viral load high enough to be contagious, with 97%-plus accuracy. 

“With Covid-19, 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.

"It’s important to work alongside government when running these pilots, and we’re grateful to the DCMS for giving us the go-ahead."