With a COVID vaccine close at hand, there’s a lot of optimism related to a rebound for Las Vegas conventions, nightclubs and sporting events.
There’s a fair amount of apprehension, too, but casinos and entertainment venues have their eyes on a potential solution: Health Pass.
A number of companies have rushed to try and make “experiences safer and easier,” but Health Pass has already has a foothold, and we hear a number of Las Vegas entities will use this as their solution to concerns about COVID or other dangers even after the vaccine is rolled out.
Through its CLEAR app, Health Pass basically connects I.D. verification, lab results and ticketing, so venues know someone’s cool to attend an event or convention.
The app includes real-time health surveys, helping venues do additional screening for possible symptoms.
The service also includes kiosks that test temperatures to streamline guest entry into venues.
Guests use QR codes as tickets, confirming they have tested negative for COVID-19 or whatever bug might present itself in the future.
One of the benefits of this service is it ensures the person attending an event is the one with the clean bill of health.
How have brothels not started using this service, we have no idea.
Asia was way ahead of the curve on using testing and apps to reopen some of its nightlife venues, and it appears Vegas companies will follow that lead.
Such services will be critical moving forward if Vegas wants to get its Cirque shows and conventions back as quickly as possible.
We also built a big-ass stadium, and want to check it out despite the fact it will have sports in it.
Here’s a video that sort of explains what Health Pass does.
Health Pass is already being used at McCarran airport. We pretty much ignored the news CLEAR was being implemented in 2014, but that’s because it was mainly an identification verification service to speed up security checks. In 2020, it’s a whole new world.
There are a lot of questions about all this moving forward, of course.
Health surveys, even real-time, are self-reporting, which seems fraught with potential uselessness (as someone can just misrepresent their condition).
There’s also the possibility someone could get infected between the when they get tested and when they attend an event.
Still, a lot of safety measures accomplish something important: They help build public confidence.
CLEAR Health Pass is one to watch as we move into the next phase of the epic WTF this pandemic has been.
Vegas needs people back. We need conventions and shows desperately. We need our international visitors. We hear big players like Ticketmaster and MGM Resorts think Health Pass will help make that happen.