DeSantis blames the vaccine’s “passport”. Heat is planning a special seat for its fans.

Governor Ron DeSantis has raised privacy concerns and issued an urgent rule this Monday to prevent companies from requiring customers to present proof of vaccination through their COVID-19 “passport” to Congress. He said he would request that the permanent ban be passed.

But in Miami on Thursday, Heat will be the NBA’s first team to have a designated seating section only for fully vaccinated fans.

“It is completely unacceptable for the government or the private sector to impose on you the requirement to simply present proof of vaccine to allow them to participate in normal society,” DeSantis said. “If you want to go to the cinema, do you have to show it? No. If you want to go to the game, no. If you want to go to the theme park, no …. It’s people making their own decisions. I think it’s about having a certain amount of freedom and personal freedom. “

DeSantis said he believed that vaccine passports could cause “huge” privacy issues and people could hand over medical information to “big companies.”

At an event at the Capitol, where the Republican governor signed a bill to protect businesses and healthcare providers from proceedings related to COVID-19, “I want foxes to protect their poultry houses, that is, give me a break.” “.

Heat has designated two sections of the American Airlines Arena for full vaccination fans starting with a match against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, and proof of the COVID-19 vaccination card issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ask the fans to present. In a more dense section.

Sections 117 and 118, with prime mid-coat seats in the lower bowl, are designated for fully vaccinated fans, and the seat pods are separated by one empty chair. Vaccinated fans must enter through another gate that does not require screening by COVID-19 detection dogs and present vaccination proof and government dates at least 14 days before the match. Issued ID.

Fans sitting in the vaccinated fan section must always wear a mask and cannot consume food or drink in the arena bowl. American Airlines Arena will continue to offer common seating for unvaccinated fans according to previously established social distance protocols.

“You already have the feeling that things are starting to change and perhaps even the environment of our building is moving in a much more positive direction. The first time literally no one was here earlier this year. I remember the couple’s match, which was an eerie experience, “heat coach Erik Spoelstra told the Miami Herald.

“It feels like a packed house when compared because we have fans here. Things are moving. We can’t wait until the building is full again.”

State number

As of Sunday, 3,141,836 people in Florida were vaccinated with COVID-19 completely by receiving two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to state data. I was inoculated. Another 2,537,765 people received one shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and were waiting for a second dose.

DeSantis can use emergency powers to prevent businesses from requiring customers to show evidence of COVID-19 vaccination, while Congress can pass the bill during an ongoing session. He said he wanted.

“We need to join Congress, we just say this isn’t happening in Florida,” DeSantis said, saying the emergency order would expire. “I think saying that provides a lot of certainty to many people.”

DeSantis’ comments came after news reports that the Biden administration was considering developing a program to show that federal agencies and private companies had been vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19.

The US Chamber of Commerce, aviation trade associations, and aviation trade unions have sent letters to the Biden administration urging the United States to set certain standards for travel.

The European Union has also announced plans to issue a “Digital Green Certificate” that will allow European Union citizens to travel freely in Member States. The certificate proves that people are vaccinated with COVID-19, have already recovered from the virus, or are negative on the test. The goal is to ensure that digital green certificates work by the summer.

In Israel, those who have been vaccinated or are already infected with COVID-19 can get a “Green Pass” from the Ministry of Health. This app gives you access to gyms, theaters and clubs.

DeSantis said parliamentarians could include a ban on COVID-19 passports as part of the bill they are considering in connection with the pandemic. This includes legislation that limits the powers of the governor and local governments.

The idea of ​​having to show evidence of vaccination is not new. Florida requires children in public and private schools to be vaccinated against some illnesses or to submit a written religious exemption.

Miami Herald sports writer Anthony Chan contributed to this report from Miami.