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SoBe Wine & Food Fest founder defends COVID-related requirements for 2021 attendees – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Despite an government order banning vaccine passports in Florida, full vaccination remains to be going to assist foodies get into one of many year’s most talked about occasions in South Florida.

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival attracts lots of culinary fans to South Florida. When it takes over the sand in May, there isn’t a hotter ticket on the town.

“Our commitment from the get-go has always been that we are going to produce the safest and most comfortable festival,” stated Lee Schrager, the competition’s founder.

This year, Schrager is requiring ticket holders to both be totally vaccinated or produce a unfavorable polymerase chain response check, or PCR check, to be allowed into competition occasions.

Those guidelines had been set earlier than Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an government order banning companies from requiring proof of vaccination earlier this month.

“I respect the governor and appreciate what he has done for our state to date, but I also feel, as an event producer, as a citizen of Florida and Dade County, that we should be entitled to require attestation that you have been vaccinated or have proof of a negative test,” stated Schrager.

In the manager order, DeSantis wrote, “…so-called vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”

The governor additionally stated vaccine passports would create two courses of residents.

Despite DeSantis’ transfer, Schrager stated the competition’s entry guidelines usually are not altering, not less than for now.

“We stay steadfast in our commitment that safety is our number one priority, and we are going to play this out to the very end,” he stated. “We’re working with the governor’s office to ensure that safety is our number one priority.”

It’s not even clear the admission guidelines Schrager set violate the order, since a unfavorable check will even get you inside.

One factor is for positive: company must hold their masks on when not consuming on the competition. It runs May 20-23. For extra data, click on here.

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