The director of Festival Republic, the company behind Electric Picnic, has said that it's likely 'health passports' will be required for crowded areas in the short term.

Melvin Benn was speaking at the Fuel The Future conference in Dublin today which looked at the issues surrounding the resumption of live events.

He said that in the UK, the government is planning for a reopening on June 21st but that does not mean unrestricted access to events like festivals.

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However he said he thought events could go ahead with additional controls, which may involve admitting people who are vaccinated and/or Covid tested and he said he hoped people could be admitted into really crowded spaces who are Covid clear.

Melvin Benn also said it was pretty likely that 'health passports' would be required for crowded areas in the short term, but that that need could be reduced as Covid-19 becomes endemic, rather than a pandemic.

It follows Tuesday's news that the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin said the timeframe for the resumption of festivals and other live entertainment events "remains uncertain".