A Florida concert promoter is trying to encourage concertgoers to get vaccinated for an upcoming punk rock show in Tampa Bay.
Fans who hope to see Teenage Bottlerocket, MakeWar and Rutterkin at the VFW Post 39 venue in St. Petersburg on June 26 will have to spend just $18 to get in if they’re vaccinated, while unvaccinated attendees will be charged $999.99 per ticket. “I’m not denying entry to anyone,” said Paul Williams. “I’m just offering a discount.”
The governor’s office says the unorthodox pricing violates Florida’s rules: “Charging higher ticket prices for individuals who do not furnish proof of vaccination unfairly discriminates against people who have enumerated rights under Florida law,” said Christina Pushaw, press secretary for the governor’s office.
“To be eligible for the DISCOUNT, you will need to bring a government issued photo ID and your PHYSICAL COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card,” the website where tickets can be purchased states. “You will need to have had your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or your single shot of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on or before 6/12/2021. If you do not care about the discount, tickets are available for a flat rate of $999.99,” the website says.
Williams has stated that unvaccinated people will not be denied entry and no-one will disclose to any event goers that they are unvaccinated. “We’re gonna let them in, we’re not gonna out them,” he said. “Nobody’s gonna know that they’re the person that bought the ticket and they’ll be treated just like everyone else,” he added.