May leisure venues require vaccine passports sooner or later?

GRAND RAPIDS, me. (WOOD) – As more and more people get a COVID-19 shot, there are still questions about the possibility of a so-called vaccination pass in the future.

Vaccination passports or vaccine certificates are Documents showing that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus. The certificates are still being developed and how and whether they are used can vary widely around the world.

Kent County Health Department officials say this type of policy decision would come from the state or federal government rather than local health departments.

These types of conversations are already being held between some event staff in West Michigan.

“Unfortunately, COVID has resulted in us having all kinds of conversations that we never thought we’d have, and some of them turned into practices and some didn’t,” said Richard MacKeigan, Regional General Manager for Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place.

Although MacKeigan said it was a topic of discussion between him and his colleagues, he doesn’t think it will be anything the venues themselves would require.

“I think it’s more likely a health department or state will require it, but I think more likely if it does become a reality it could be something a tour artist or event organizer needs. I think it will most likely be a professional league – an NBA or an NHL. If that happened then I could see a lot of venues catching up, ”he said.

It’s almost impossible to know for sure right now, but if something does come of this, MacKeigan believes it would start on a case-by-case basis and eventually become more mundane. As for the venues themselves, he is optimistic about the future.

“The calendars in the arena and in the DeVos Performance Hall are packed, and that is another assurance for me that my reason for optimism is justified. It’s an assurance that the agents, the artists, the managers, want to come back, get out and work. “

As more people fill the venues in the future, MacKeigan says there are several new protocols that people can use to retreat to a comfortable and safe environment, including contactless entrances, bathrooms and sales, as well as a new air handling system in the convention center, theater and arena .

“We now have a safer environment in our venues for entertainers, athletes, guests and employees.”

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