As COVID-19 vaccinations continue across the country, states like Texas and Florida are prohibiting businesses from requiring patrons to have to prove vaccination status and others such as Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina are the latest states to advance legislation or enact laws that ban certain requirements – such as vaccine passports or conditions of employment – based on inoculation status.
But concert goers in other states aren’t getting off that easy. Bruce Springsteen’s one-man show “Springsteen on Broadway” will return to Broadway this summer for a limited engagement. Performances at the St. James Theatre begin on June 26 and will run until September 4. Audience members will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the theater.
And a few blocks away, in Madison Square Garden, the Foo Fighters will be performing on June 20 — the venue’s first show in more than 460 days. And this concert is for vaccinated audience members only and will be its first at 100% capacity (20,000 seats) since the pandemic.
“We’ve been waiting for this day for over a year,” Dave Grohl said in a statement. “And Madison Square Garden is going to feel that HARD.” Foo Fighters, who first headlined the Garden in 2008, last played at the venue in 2018.
Country star Dierks Bentley is playing in Upstate New York, but like the others you can only go if you’ve gotten the Covid-19 vaccine. The country star will perform at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) in Canandaigua, N.Y., on July 22, 2021.
CMAC is requiring all attendees for its 2021 season to show proof of Covid-19 vaccinations at each event. Under New York state and CDC guidance, that means a fully vaccinated crowd can be at 100% capacity without masks or social distancing.
“Given NYS and Ontario County mandates, CMAC has made the decision to open its 2021 season as a fully vaccinated site,” a statement said. “After thoughtful consideration of our operations team, our artists, and our patrons, CMAC wants to ensure all feel safe while enjoying our venue. We are proud of our history and tradition in providing a safe community venue.”
CMAC says concertgoers can show proof of a vaccination with their Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or by using the New York State Excelsior Pass. Photo ID will also be required. Anyone who is unable to get the Covid vaccine or chooses not to get vaccinated will be offered full refunds for any previously purchased tickets.
What do you think of this trend in NY?