The new Excelsior pass in pilot phase to reopen concert halls and major events
On March 3, the governor Cuomo announced a pilot program to test the Excelsior Pass to start opening businesses, starting with Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. This follows the recent announcement of “NY appears”With over 300 free live performances.
At the governor’s house 2021 State State Address, Cuomo said the Excelsior Pass will use proven technology to confirm an individual’s vaccination or negative test results for COVID-19. Through the transfer of confidential data, the governor hopes it will help speed up the pace of reopening theaters, stadiums and more, in line with New York state guidelines. Ticketmaster offered a similar plan in November.
The state tested the first driver on February 27 for the Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center and the second on March 2 for a Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. The card looks like an airline boarding pass where the participant has an app called a “wallet app”. There they can either print it out or have admissions scan the QR code in the app.
We’re doing everything we can to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as possible, as quickly as possible, while reducing the rate of infection and revitalizing our economy in a safe and smart way.
The governor also explained that the Excelsior Pass will provide information to sites and establishments quickly enough to prevent an outbreak and encourage more businesses to open their doors.
Since the pandemic shut down the country a year ago this month, many places and restaurants have struggled to stay afloat. While many companies qualified for the Paycheck Protection Loan and were able to maintain stability, others did not. Now that more New Yorkers are getting vaccinated and COVID-19 cases are declining, it’s a chance to get these struggling businesses back on their feet.
This app has been tested at this time, both at Barclays and Madison Square Garden, and these tests have been conclusive. Thus, once the approvals have been obtained, the application will be available for download on both platforms, on Google, on Apple platforms; people download to their smartphones. And that will allow someone to show the result of their test, whether it is a PCR test, which (will be) valid for up to 72 hours, or a rapid test, which will be valid for six. time. Additionally, if you do not wish to use an app, you will be able to download a paper result of your test which you can then print out and use to demonstrate your negative test.
Rob Mujica, New York State Budget Director
The announcement of the Excelsior Pass was followed by an announcement that from Friday April 2, venues for events, arts and entertainment will be able to reopen at 33% capacity, with up to 100 people inside and up to 200 people outside. All participants must show proof of negative test prior to entry, which may result in an increase in capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.
Social distancing and face coverings will be required by all participants, along with strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidelines.
Additionally, Cuomo announced that starting March 22, residential gatherings for up to 25 people will be able to be held outdoors. Indoor residential gatherings remain limited to 10 people to reduce the continued risk of the spread. In addition, non-residential social gatherings of up to 100 people can take place indoors and up to 200 people can be held outdoors.
Cuomo isn’t the only one who is optimistic about the music industry’s return to somewhat normalcy. Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino believes outdoor events will be able to reach an audience capacity of 75 or even 100 percent across the country.
“We might have some states that might not be ready, but we have enough states and enough artists ready to play in the open slots if we hit that level in the right markets,” Rapino said.
For people wishing to use the Excelsior Pass, their information will be completely confidential and will protect any personal health information. They will have a variety of passes to choose from for their own convenience.