Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic has called for the increase of testing in the UK as leisure industries (recreation, entertainment, sports) cannot operate with the measures that are currently in place.
The Full Capacity Plan is an incentive based scheme that will increase public use of the NHS Trace App and increase the participation rates for population tests. This is about restarting the leisure sector of the economy at full capacity.
Working in partnership with the government, a test would allow the public to access the entertainment and leisure sectors e.g. pubs, theatre, gigs and sporting events, creating a personal incentive for the public to be tested and traced. This is a genuine alternative to social distancing.
Melvin Benn said:
“We are currently in a position where the government has capacity to test 1.4 million people a week but testing less than 700k because there is no incentive. My plan is to create incentive, to test at least double the current capacity and be aiming for 12-15 million people a month being tested minimum. I am proposing The Full Capacity Plan to stimulate the debate about getting back to normal opening rather than partial opening because partial opening is financial disaster opening. I am proposing The Full Capacity Plan because it's simple and easy, inexpensive in comparison to the subsidies that the government is currently paying and very achievable with good organisation.”