Meanwhile, back in Florida, a punk promoter is fighting with the governor over vaccines

You might remember a story from late last month of a punk show in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the promoter is looking to make a statement on vaccines and holding safe concerts. There have been some developments.

Tickets for this gig at the VFW Hall in the city are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. There are 250 tickets available–if you’ve had a COVID-19 vacine. If not, you’re still welcome, except that your ticket price is $999.99. There are four of those available for purchase.

Support has been overwhelmingly positive. However, the Florida governor’s office says that such a scheme is illegal because, in Florida, it’s illegal to ask someone for proof of vaccination. Something about this being the equivalent of asking for personal medical records.

Odd, given that you need a driver’s license. You need proof of insurance to drive. You need a card that proves your old enough to drink. And you have to provide all that ID upon request. But in Florida, you can’t ask someone to prove that you won’t make anyone sick because you haven’t been vacinated.

Here’s a quote from Governor Ron DeSantis: “‘It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.

“Requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life — such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater — would create two classes of citizens based on vaccination.”

The fine for breaking this law is $5,000. However, the statute doesn’t come into effect until July 1, four days after the show.

Florida, man. More here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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