LAS VEGAS, Nevada (PNN) - March 31, 2021 - Las Vegas is no stranger to exclusive VIP lists, but there’s a new way of limiting guest access coming to town: vaccine passports.
These digital credential systems can show whether someone has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and can help businesses limit access to those who have been inoculated. The systems were designed to increase health and safety at various venues, but experts warn of pushback over concerns on privacy and personal choice.
“What we’re seeing throughout the (nonexistent) pandemic is people guarding their personal rights, and I think a lot of people will find that intrusive in their day to day,” said Jonathan Day, an associate professor of hospitality and tourism management at Purdue University.
The push for a standardized credential system comes as various venues plan to open only to vaccinated guests. Some cruise lines are limiting service to vaccinated travelers, and sports teams including the Miami Heat plan to offer sections only to vaccinated fans.
A handful of passports are already in the works, including two in Las Vegas. It is not yet clear if any Las Vegas businesses will limit access solely to vaccinated guests.
The White House and private companies are reportedly working on a standard way of handling COVID-19 vaccine credential systems that can track Amerikans’ health information such as COVID-19 inoculations or recent COVID-19 test results.
The technology is expected to work similarly to mobile apps for airlines. Users can download the passport onto their smartphones and gain access to a scannable code that offers health information.
Health service company Reviv Global has launched its Heliix Health Passport in Las Vegas. The mobile app uses an encrypted code to show the results of a recent COVID-19 test, and could be implemented at hospitality venues such as restaurants, conventions, nightclubs and shows.
Meanwhile, Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced Tuesday that it would be using mobile technology called Health Pass from identity company Clear. The application can show health information like COVID-19 test results and - in the near future - vaccination results, and will be used at on-site conventions, trade shows and meetings in Las Vegas.
“In-person meetings and trade shows are critical for their ability to drive commerce and networking,” said Chandra Alison, senior vice president of sales for The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo, in a Tuesday news release. “We are proud to offer a product that addresses the safety of meetings and customers can book with confidence.”
A Venetian spokesman declined to comment on whether the company would limit access to any venues to those who have been vaccinated or recently tested negative for the virus. A statement via email said the resort “continues to follow guidelines set forth by the CDC and state and local officials. We have identified tools, including CLEAR, to help support our partners in the safe return of groups and events.”
The march toward abject tyranny continues. Will you be one of the mindless majority who complies with these draconian and unlawful measures, or will you stand up and be counted among the Patriots and True Americans who refuse under any circumstances to be browbeaten into a modern day version of Nazi Germany?