MASS TESTING ONLY A SHOWS SOLUTION IN THE LONG TERM SAYS MARK
A PROPOSAL TO TEST visitors to large festivals for Covid-19 to allow them to go ahead as 'normal', might be a solution in the enthsuaists events world, but only in the long term says events organiser Mark Woodward. Classic shows will be back stronger than ever; but not yet.
As reported by the BBC, Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, wants to link his events with compulsory coronavirus testing. He argues social distancing doesn't work at festivals as they need to be "full houses" in order to make them economically viable.
Without full capacity "it's impossible for us to operate our businesses," he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. Instead, coronavirus testing would act as a "personal incentive" for someone wanting to attend an event, and he's urging the government to adopt it.
But Mark Woodward, Cumbrian based organiser of classic car, motorcycle and tractor shows, says it's only a possible long term solution.
"If we get into a long term, 2021 and beyond scenario having to live with Covid 19, this plan to test everybody might possibly work, but it would have to be a Government roll out national scheme for every type of mass gatherings including our events, football matches, festivals and so on. But the test would have to be 100% rock solid - 'no risk of infection' accurate, which appears with the current science very doubtful to implement.
"Regarding my 2020 outdoor classic car shows, worryingly this dreadful virus is still with us. We've seen most of the UK's county agricultural shows and festivals now cancelled this summer plus a lot of classic vehicle shows now being cancelled well into August or being postponed later in the year.
"The safety and well being of everybody concerned involved including show visitors, exhibitors, contactors and our own staff is absolutely paramount in these challenging times plus we have a large percentage of older generation visitors and car exhibitors who are at a higher risk of infection. We will no doubt probably, sadly, have to cancel more events and simply wait this out.
"We have to be sensible and stay safe, classic car shows are not an essential service in these uncertain risky times and they will be back stronger in better times; I am sure of that."
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