15-minute coronavirus testing service launched for events industry

Unsound Festival 2018 © Dominika Filipowicz
© Dominika Filipowicz

The rapid testing service can provide results in 15 minutes.

Swallow Events has launched a rapid Covid-19 testing service targeted towards the events industry. It has partnered with Roche on the scheme. The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), CE and PHE-approved tests provided as part of the service can offer results in 15 minutes with 96.52% sensitivity and 99.68% specificity.

The full pop-up testing service, operated by government-approved healthcare professionals, can be conducted on crowds or audiences of “any size and scale”. Alternatively, Swallow Events is also offering a supply-only option and can ship the required supplies worldwide.

Oli Thomas, Founder and Managing Director of Swallow Events, said, “The events industry has been forgotten and devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Although a common misconception, events have actually been allowed to take place in the UK in 2020. The guidelines regarding them, however, are unclear, with the ultimate decision often based on a single person’s opinion at local authority level.”

He added, “There are instances of events receiving approval and licences granted, only for them then to be revoked at the last minute, which only serves to further fuel financial problems and job losses to the industry. With this in mind we are very proud to announce we are the first events company in the UK to offer an on-site rapid testing service for Covid-19 in as little as 15 minutes, which, we believe, is a complete game changer.”

“Our rapid testing kits – a market leader (which meets MHRA target product profile with sensitivity: 96,52% & specificity: 99,68%) used in conjunction with track and trace data-collection and other Covid secure protocols such as touch point and temperature checks will help event organisers in all sectors from large scale festivals, concerts, stadia, business conferences and trade shows through to agricultural shows and small boutique festivals. It will kick start a £39.1 billion contributing sector to the UK’s economy whilst helping to protect over 570,000 full-time jobs which are rapidly disappearing.”

Alongside the tests, Swallow Events is offering a consultancy service which covers “critical information and advice” for events on how to open safely. Head to the Swallow Events site for more information.