New York Residents Would Need COVID Passports to Enter Venues Under New Program
Technology will confirm if a person is vaccinated
The rollout of a new Government pilot program requiring residents of New York to show a COVID-19 passport in order to enter businesses in the state has been announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The plan is to test the “Excelsior Pass,” which will use technology to confirm if a person is vaccinated or has had a recent negative COVID-19 test.
The pass was tested at Tuesday night’s New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.
Residents will be able to print out their pass or save their "pass" on their phones using the Excelsior Pass’s “Wallet App.”
Each pass will have a secure QR code that can be scanned to check a person’s health status.
“We’re doing everything we can to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as possible, as quickly as possible, while keeping the infection rate down and re-energizing our economy in a safe, smart way,” Cuomo said.
“The Excelsior Pass will play a critical role in getting information to venues and sites in a secure and streamlined way, allowing us to fast-track the reopening of these businesses and getting us one step closer to reaching a new normal,” he added.
MSG Entertainment praised the pilot program, saying:
"We applaud Governor Cuomo’s leadership in reopening New York."
"The Excelsior Pass program, along with his decision to allow venues to begin welcoming fans, will play important roles in helping to get our City back on its feet.”
News of the rollout comes as a similar program with the Los Angeles Unified School District to monitor children using a new “Daily Pass" was reported on Monday.
Children will have their own unique QR code, or “Daily Pass," and will be scanned by the system.
Students without a barcode will be unable to get into school.
Children will also be required to continue wearing masks, staying six feet apart, and receiving regular temperature checks.
NBC Los Angeles reported:
“Daily Pass generates a unique QR code for each student and staff member, and that code authorizes entry to a specific LAUSD location for that day only — as long as the individual receives a negative test result for COVID, shows no symptoms, and has a temperature under 100 degrees, the district said."
“Upon the individual’s arrival to a campus, their QR code is scanned by a district school-site leader, who takes the individual’s temperature.”