South Florida concert halls and sports team among potential ‘vaccine passport’ violators

Several South Florida businesses are on the state’s list of potential COVID-19 “vaccine passport” violators, including two popular Palm Beach County music venues.

The Florida Department of Health provided WPTV on Monday with its list of companies that are under review for potential violations of a state law that prohibits establishments from requiring people to provide proof. vaccination.

Among those companies on the list are entertainment venues like the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in downtown West Palm Beach and the iThink Financial Amphitheater at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

On the list, which includes repeat entries, are two specific concerts that recently took place at the iThink Financial Amphitheater – Maroon 5 and the Zac Brown Band.

WPTV Taste and See reporter TA Walker noted how Live Nation, owner of financial amphitheater iThink, required a health screening for spectators before the performance of Maroon 5. Live Nation is also included in the list.

A Kravis Center spokeswoman said in a statement that the venue “has adopted a COVID-19 policy that we believe is in the best interest of the safety and health of our artists, patrons, volunteers, staff and of the general public”.

“We believe our policy fully complies with all applicable laws,” spokeswoman Linda Birdsey said.

Other publicly traded companies in South Florida include the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins.

The Florida Department of Health said in a statement that it “now has the authority to apply penalties to applicable entities and institutions that require documentation of vaccination or post-exposure status.”

Here’s what the new law says, according to the Florida Department of Health:

“A business may not require customers or customers to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from infection to access, enter, or benefit from business services.

A government cannot require people to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from infection to access, enter or benefit from government operations.

An educational institution may not require students or residents to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from infection for attendance or registration, or for access, entry or benefit from the services of such an educational institution. »

Other notable venues included on the list are the Amway Center and House of Blues in Orlando, the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa, and Daily’s Place in Jacksonville.

The Florida Department of Health has created an email address for Florida residents and visitors to file complaints. This email address is [email protected]

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