Florida punk rock show charges $ 999 for unvaccinated concertgoers, $ 18 for vaccinated concertgoers

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Concert promoter Paul Williams is charging unvaccinated customers $999.99 for an upcoming punk rock show in Florida.

Concert promoter Paul Williams charges unvaccinated customers $ 999.99 for an upcoming Florida punk rock show.

A punk rock concert promoter says unvaccinated people will have to pay nearly $ 1000 to attend an upcoming performance – while those who had their Covid injections will get just $ 18.

Paul Williams has established an unusual pricing structure for an upcoming performance in St. Petersburg, Florida, by punk band Teenage Bottlerocket.

Fans will have to provide proof of vaccination to get the cheaper tickets.

“We’re just trying to put on a show safely, and they have to go out and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families and their community,” Williams said. ABC of potential concertgoers.

Williams said he wasn’t sure if he could legally ban unvaccinated customers from the show, which is scheduled for June 26 at the VFW Post No. 39 in St. Petersburg, so he came up with the unusual price point instead.

The show is headed by Teenage Bottlerocket.  Band members said they were skeptical about the ticket price at first, but were later on board

The show is led by Teenage Bottlerocket. Band members said they were skeptical about the ticket price at first, but were later on board

“We let them in, we don’t let them out,” he said. “No one will know they are the person who bought the ticket and they will be treated like everyone else.”

There are 250 tickets available for vaccinated people to the St. Petersburg show and four for unvaccinated concertgoers. So far, Williams said, there have been no unvaccinated takers.

The normal ticket price for the show is $ 18. Williams said he wanted to encourage people to get vaccinated and believes it would have been illegal to ban unvaccinated people from attending the concert.

The normal ticket price for the show is $ 18. Williams said he wanted to encourage people to get vaccinated and believes it would have been illegal to ban unvaccinated people from attending the concert.

But by asking for proof of vaccination, Williams could be in violation of an executive order signed in April by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis prohibiting companies in the state from requiring customers or customers to provide documentation that they have been vaccinated to gain access. .

DeSantis said at the time: “It is completely unacceptable for the government or the private sector to require you to show a vaccine just to participate in normal society.

“Requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports to participate 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.”

On May 3, DeSantis signed further legislation that would fine companies, schools and government departments $ 5,000 for asking for proof of vaccination, with an exemption for licensed health care providers.

But Williams will likely avoid that fine, as it goes into effect on July 1 — just days after the June 26 concert.

There is also the potentially thorny legal issue of requesting medical records.

Dr. Jay Wolfson, associate vice president for health law, policy and safety at the University of Southern Florida, said, “It would be discriminatory for a company to tell you to show me your personal health information,” ABC also reported.

The show is set for the St. Petersburg VFW Post No.  39

The show is set for the St. Petersburg VFW Post No. 39

The ticket policy may violate a recent executive order from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that prevents private companies from requiring proof of vaccination for entry

The ticket policy may violate a recent executive order from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that prevents private companies from requiring proof of vaccination for entry

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 38 percent of Floridians have been fully vaccinated so far.

However, at least one Teenage Bottlerocket fan is disappointed and says she thinks the ticket policy is unfair.

Punk fan Brittney Wigen has not yet been able to get vaccinated because she recently recovered from a bout of Covid-19 herself, but with antibodies in her blood from her recent infection, she thinks she has some protection.

‘I think it’s terrible because not everyone can get the vaccine. I can’t because I’ve had COVID too recently,” she told ABC.

‘I understand what they are doing. I think it’s really nice of them, but it’s just not fair, ”said Wigen.

Teenage Bottlerocket member Ray Carlisle said the band was initially skeptical of William’s idea CNN“We thought he was joking.”

Teen Bottlerocket fan Brittney Wigen said she thinks ticket prices are unfair because she hasn't been vaccinated so far

Teenage Bottlerocket fan Brittney Wigen said she thinks the ticket price is unfair as she hasn’t been vaccinated so far

But in the end they were on board.

Williams, he said, “is doing his best to keep the audience and the band, the venue staff safe, and we agree with this idea.”

Carlisle noted that he and the rest of his band are also vaccinated, saying that people should be vaccinated because it’s the right thing to do.

“Don’t do it because Teenage Bottlerocket says you should do it,” he said. “Do it for your health, do it for your community.”

He said unvaccinated fans can attend another show on their Orlando tour, which doesn’t have such a ticket pricing structure, and told ABC Wigen has another option.

“Maybe you’re putting together a Go-Fund-Me, and all the other weird anti-vaxers can help you get to Teenage Bottlerocket for a thousand bucks,” Carlisle said. “That’s always an option.”

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