Controversial comedian Joe Rogan, who has not disclosed his vaccination status, will be able to take advantage of a loophole in the NYC vaccine mandate that gives out-of-town entertainers and athletes a free pass.
Rogan, who has spread anti-vax rhetoric in his wildly popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” will be taking his “Scared Clown Tour” to New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday. But because he is traveling from out of town, Rogan has not been forced to say whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19, despite the city’s strict vaccine mandate for indoor locations.
In August, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a vaccination certificate dubbed “Key to NYC,” which requires people ages 12 and older to prove they’ve received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter restaurants or bars, gyms and indoor entertainment such as movies and theaters.
Joe Rogan will take his ‘Scared Clown Tour’ to New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday without disclosing his vaccination status
According to the MSG website, all guests 12 years and older are required to show proof of partial or full vaccination and fully vaccinated participants are not required to wear masks
The mandate also extends to the world-famous Madison Square Garden, which can accommodate 20,000 people. According to MSGs website, all guests 12 years and older are required to show proof of partial or full vaccination, and fully vaccinated participants are not required to wear masks.
But ‘Key to NYC’ guidelines only require performers residing in the city to provide proof of vaccination, leaving the door open for people from out of town to perform in front of thousands without a shot.
The local mandate also applies to local athletes such as Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving, who is reportedly unvaccinated and will be forced to sit out home games without the shot.
Irving has declined to discuss his vaccination status, but Fox Sports has reported that he did not receive the shot. He spoke to reporters remotely and was not physically present at this week’s media day in Brooklyn.
Despite those clues, Irving told reporters he’s looking forward to playing for Nets fans this season.
Rogan has used his popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience for the past year to spread mixed messages about COVID
“Obviously I can’t be there today, but that doesn’t mean I’m limiting my future from joining the team,” Irving told reporters during a video conference call.
In response, De Blasio begged Irving to get vaccinated during a CNN appearance Wednesday.
“I’m a Kyrie fan,” he told CNN. ‘I would just call on him – get vaccinated. Your fans want to see you. We all want you back. Your teammates want you back. Look, there are now teams that are 100 percent vaccinated. That is a great example for everyone else.”
When asked why Rogan can perform but Irving can’t play, despite neither disclosing his vaccination status, De Blasio insisted that the vaccine exemption is not a loophole. The city reported.
“There’s an acknowledgment that when someone drops by, it’s a different reality than someone who regularly works in a location,” de Blasio told The City. “Vaccine only, that’s the most important thing for all the people who come (as guests). And I think it can be kept safe for that reason.’
Rogan has used his popular podcast for the past year to spread mixed messages about COVID.
Last month, he revealed he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and told his followers he was able to recover in three days thanks to several treatments, including the much-discussed anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, which is used to treat infections in horses and horses. cows.
Rogan has not characterized himself as being anti-vaccine, saying in April: ‘I am not an anti-vax person. I believe they are safe and encourage many people to take them.”
But he has told his audience that taking the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin helped in his recovery from the coronavirus, despite the CDC saying it’s unsafe if used incorrectly, and there’s no evidence it can cause Covid-19. to treat.
He has also suggested that teens should not get vaccinated, despite advice from top disease experts that younger people can at least continue the spread of the virus.