Proof of vaccinations, negative test results and safe bubbles are paving the way back to live

Choosing not to be vaccinated could have some very undesirable consequences

CTS Eventim, the German ticketing and live entertainment provider for events worldwide, has been spending recent months aiding the rollout efforts by providing vaccination appointment bookings to the citizens of Schleswig Holstein. The up close and personal experience with the vaccination process has given the CEO, Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, some big ideas.

The organization has already implemented technology enhancements that give promoters the ability to require proof of vaccination before tickets to an event can be purchased. Specifically, the system can scan German vaccination cards and passports and the company has already been in talks with several surrounding countries.

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, has high hopes of being able to vaccinate the entire population of Germany by the end of summer. She has remained adamant that there will be no special treatment for individuals that have been vaccinated (at least until it is available to everyone) as there remains uncertainty about whether or not transmission is still possible. Once everyone has access, there will be no avoiding it. Restricting entry to an event and requiring proof of vaccinations is legally permissible and may be the safest way for promoters to mitigate their risk during this very risky time. Getting vaccinated has never been, nor will it be, considered compulsory; however, it’s possible people who opt out will be barred entry from all types of mass gatherings.

We don’t know about you but we’re on board with any solution that allows us to get back to live.

When you say you mean 👇 bubbles?

Portugal is exploring the possibility of bringing events back this summer based on the concept of safe bubbles … no we don’t mean this kind of bubble … we’re referring to the small social groups that have gotten us through this pandemic so far.

Practical implementation is still very unclear; however, with government involvement, it’s possible we’ll see some trial events popping up over the next few months. Many such events have taken place already with great success which have required a negative test result to gain entry. Rapid onsite testing has been the method of choice in most cases and is manageable with a smaller crowd but the ability to scale these initiatives to support a larger event remains to be seen.

But back to the other kind of bubble. The Flaming Lips put on a couple of successful shows in Oklahoma City in late January and recently announced 2 more shows for March. Honestly, we’re not sure how we feel about being trapped inside a plastic bubble where you have a sign specifically to inform staff that “It’s hot in here” , but if you’re willing to sweat it out, then we support it.

Forget IDs, bouncers will have to check your “health passport” at the door

Two clubs, The Exchange in Bristol and 100 Club in London, are set to trial the new concept of a “health passport” beginning in March. It’s a combination of providing proof of a negative test result and a track and trace system that has the ability to notify users of potential exposure. Live events will still only be allowed to resume at 25% of capacity but if it works, the plan is to implement the trial at more venues and then begin to increase capacity.

Download the app, upload a negative test and Bob’s your uncle. The app, developed by You Check was originally intended as a ticket and identification verification system to reduce scalping and to provide promoters with a direct link to attendees. It has since been adapted to provide a solution for venues to reopen with minimal risk.

Based on the studies conducted in Germany and Spain regarding proper ventilation and the risk reduction, the 100 Club will also be testing out a new system that claims 99.99% effectiveness at removing pathogens from the air. If successful, it would provide venues throughout the UK, including theaters, a viable option to get up and running again.