As of September 13, if you want to do something indoors in NYC, you must show proof of vaccination.
There are various apps that one can use to download their information. I chose the one where you take a picture of your card and your id, and it’s easy to slide from one to the other.
How is this working so far?
Technically, we needed to start showing ID as of two weeks ago. 9/13 was the start date for random checks of businesses actually checking ID, and fines to begin for those who don’t comply. So there was a two week window to get the kinks out…
I went to the US Open last week. I think I could have displayed my library card for the amount of attention that the attendant paid to looking at it. I guess BJK Tennis Center is largely outdoors, so maybe they felt they didn’t need to be as stringent. Of course, with the threat of rain that evening, the roof closed at about 11pm. I’d say five people did as requested and donned their masks…
Will places that are crowded be less inclined to give a real, hard look at ID?
The Brooklyn Botanic Gift Shop, on the other hand did a quite thorough examination of my ID. I didn’t have the app at that point, but the clerk flipped over both my license and vax card. Looked at me and looked at my picture about ten times. I’ve had physicals were I have received less scrutiny than the amount of attention paid to my ID…
The 19th Street movie theater actually asked to see my actual vax card…apparently the app that is good enough for NYC is not good enough for her… Her reasoning was that it wasn’t a good photo and she couldn’t actually see the info.
The photo that was good enough for every single place I had been that asked for ID…
I gave her the “Mom Look”.
How hard are you supposed to look at ID?
And you see there lies the problem- are we giving people too much power to randomly deny someone entry to something?
Does it become too easy to say “Access Denied”?
The whole point of checking is to make sure that everyone is vaxxed, and if you have a suspicion that something is not on the up and up, doesn’t the person checking have the right to deny you entry?
So, if you follow that path, are there going to be people that are denied entry to things entirely based on the discretion of some Vax Card bouncer?
This is bound to get really interesting.