New York City Venues Lift COVID Vaccine Requirement for Entry
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will lift nearly all COVID lockdown restrictions in New York City. The decision comes in light of high vaccination rates. As a result, New York nightclubs with a capacity of 5,000 or fewer are no longer required to verify a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination.
“What New York has done is extraordinary.” Cuomo said. New York now has the lowest COVID positive rate in the US and has reached the CDC recommended 70% vaccination rate needed for herd immunity. “We successfully deployed the weapon that will win the war, and New York led the nation."
One venue that has already announced they will move forward for a summer without restrictions is Brooklyn Mirage. Great news for a summer lineup that includes the Elrow NYC Open Air Festival and shows with Chris Lake, Rezz, Zedd, Deadmau5, and All Day I Dream.
In a statement on their website, they say, “We’ve all been waiting for this moment. To experience the music we love, dance, express ourselves, and once again, enjoy the feeling of togetherness. Your health and safety remain our top priority, and we have worked closely with state and health officials to ensure we have the strongest operating protocols with the goal of providing a safe and enjoyable experience.”
The venue will continue to offer hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue, cashless options for in-venue purchases, and frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch surfaces throughout the night.
Some restrictions will remain for other large-scale indoor events with a capacity of 5,000 or more. Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test will still be required. Attendees who meet these requirements are allowed to party mask-free with no social distancing inside.