Covid Testing 2021
Creating a Safe Event
We are working with Tested.me to try and secure a safe event. This is voluntary but we encourage all our guests to do this.
We have been planning for all eventualities and despite the fact there was an announcement by Boris Johnson that Covid-19 restrictions will be removed from the 19th of July, we are still committed to making sure that LakeFest is as safe as possible.
Eastnor Castle is a large site and the majority of the festival is outdoors, however some areas will be busier than others, therefore we are asking you to use your own discretion around mask wearing and social distancing.
We have made a number of changes this year to the site plan to make the site as safe as possible this includes moving our main arena to an outside stage and adding a number of outdoor bars.
We understand that for many of you, this will be the first time you have been in contact with large groups and to ensure everyone is comfortable and remains safe, we are asking that everyone attending LakeFest takes 2 rapid antigen (lateral flow) tests. One of these must be taken 72 hours in advance with the 2nd taken on the day of your arrival.
We have teamed up with tested.me, a digital health pass to enable you to share your test results with us both safely and securely.
By participating in this testing, we will be helping to create a Covid-19 free space where everyone can relax and enjoy themselves.
In addition to the testing it should also be made clear that anyone who falls into the following categories should NOT attend LakeFest:
- If someone is displaying symptoms of COVID 19
- If someone has been legally required by NHS Test and Trace/Public Health England to self-isolate – whether as cases or as contacts of a case
- those who have been pinged by the Test and Trace App
To ensure this process is cost free, simple and seamless, we have partnered with tested.me to allow you to test at home, securely store the results on your tested.me app and share your Covid free status with us at Lakefest.
Tested.me puts the individual in control of their data meaning you have full control and can decide what is shared and when. It is fully GDPR compliant and Lakefest will not receive any further personal data other than a summary of your Covid status.
More details will follow in the next few days so please watch this space!
Lakefest Team x
Why do I have to complete the tests when Covid restrictions are largely no longer in place?
As a responsible promoter, we have a duty of care to protect our audience and employees. Whilst restrictions were lifted on the 19th July, we want everyone to come to LakeFest festival feeling safe, relaxed and ready to enjoy being in the company of strangers again.
Having a comprehensive Covid safety plan was also in the conditions set in place by the local authorities who sign off LakeFest.
What do I need to complete the testing process with tested.me ?
- A mobile device with an internet connection
- An email address to log into the app
- A photo ID
- 2 x lateral flow test kit
Is testing compulsory?
We have decided not to make testing compulsory BUT the more people who do act responsibly by testing and sharing their status with us, the safer the event will be for everyone.
We have all spent a lot of our time over the past 18 months missing out on great experiences such as LakeFest and if we all act together, we can ensure that we can continue to operate safely in the future.
What are the testing requirements for entry?
We are asking that everyone attending LakeFest takes 2 rapid antigen (lateral flow) tests. One of these to be taken 72 hours in advance with the 2nd taken on the day of your arrival.
Do I have to pay for a Lateral Flow Test?
No. You can use any Government approved Lateral Flow Test which are widely available free from chemists or some public buildings such as libraries.
If you do not have access to a test, we are pleased to offer the market leading and ultimate in comfort Hughes Healthcare test which is available to order by clicking this Hughes Healthcare link. Please note that these tests need to be ordered before Friday 6th August.
How do I upload a test to my event?
We will send out specific ‘How to’ instructions nearer the event.
I am double vaccinated; do I still need to test?
Whilst the vaccine provides great protection against catching and passing on Covid 19, to create the safest and most equitable event we can, we are asking that everyone tests regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.
Tested.me acts as your personal digital health wallet allowing you to store, manage and share your vaccine status safely. Please feel free to upload your vaccine status onto your tested.me account although you will not need to share this for LakeFest.
I’m vulnerable. Is it safe to attend?
This is down to your personal choice but please note that social distancing will not be enforced on-site. LakeFest cannot take responsibility for anyone who becomes unwell or catches Covid after the event.
What happens if I test positive?
If your Lateral Flow Test is positive, you will not be able to attend the festival. Your festival tickets will be rolled over to LakeFest 2022. Following guidance from the NHS, you and anyone you live with should self-isolate immediately and report your rapid lateral flow test result on GOV.UK. You should also get a PCR test (a test that is sent to a lab) to confirm your result. Please see more guidance from the NHS here.
What if I feel unwell whilst I am at LakeFest?
Anyone on the event site who starts to feel unwell, or shows any symptoms of COVID-19, should immediately isolate themselves from other event goers and look to take a PCR test. This is sent away to a laboratory and can take up to 2 days. Entry will not be allowed until proof of this test is displayed via the tested.me app.
An isolation/quarantine area will be located at the event site for persons feeling unwell with symptoms of COVID-19.
Is my data secure?
Tested.me puts your health data in your hands allowing you to share what you want, with who you want, when you want and is 100% GDPR compliant.
The requirements to attend LakeFest will be confirmed in the ‘How To’ guide which will be shared closer to the event. The only data that is shared with LakeFest is a Green Tick to show you have met the requirements put in place.
To find out more please click here
Why does tested.me need to verify my identity?
This is your personal app that allows you to share your health status in a GDPR compliant way. No data will be sold, shared or used for any other purpose other than confirming individuals have met our testing policy for entry.
To protect against fraud, tested.me users are individually verified using the Jumio KYX platform. Jumio has verified more than 250 million identities issued by over 200 countries and territories. Jumio’s solutions are used by leading companies in the financial services, sharing economy, digital currency, retail, travel and online gaming sectors.
Help with scanning your ID
For more information on how to scan your ID and for some help with common issues please click here
How do I register children?
It is the responsibility of the accompanying adult to ensure that any children under 16 in their care (over the age of 12) have undertaken the same testing protocols as the adults. Children under 12 are exempt from testing. You do not need to register your children’s tests on tested.me.
How do I share my health status if I do not have a smart phone?
We have chosen a digital solution as it is user friendly and allows a safe way to share your health status. We would encourage anyone that can, to use the tested.me solution.
If you do not own a smartphone, please contact LakeFest on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help.
Please use the tested.me support function if you have any issues and their support team would be happy to help.
The tested.me support function is available via the following methods:
- Via the app under Settings/Get Support
Via the web at support.tested.me
Is the tested.me app only for use at LakeFest?
No. This is your personal app and provides you a secure digital wallet to record and demonstrate your test and vaccination status and share it safely under other settings such as your place of work or travel.
What do I do if I feel ill before arriving?
If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid 19 before arrival, you are advised to self-isolate and NOT to attend LakeFest until you have taken a valid PCR test and tested negative.