Anti-Vaxxers Are Losing Their Shit Over Brooklyn Mirage's Reopening Rules

by Stephanie Maida · June 3, 2021

    After a year of restrictions, nightlife is making its long-awaited comeback here in NYC. Primarily due, of course, to the huge success of the COVID vaccines. After all, we haven't been calling it a #VaxGirlSummer for nothing. 

    With over nine million New Yorkers now fully vaccinated, plenty of us are ready and willing to get back to the venues and dance floors we've missed. And you would think that most the party-hardy among us would be thrilled about their favorite spots reopening...

    But alas, the manufactured oppression of the anti-vaxxers strikes again.

    Per the state's current regulations, event venues are allowed to reopen at full capacity if all attendees are fully vaccinated. We've all known about the potential of digital "vaccine passports," such as New York's Excelsior Pass, since the very start of the rollout. It's really nothing new.

    So when Avant Gardner, East Williamsburg's 80,000-square-foot dance mecca which includes venues like Brooklyn Mirage, recently announced that it would be reopening its doors to fully-vaccinated partygoers (per the state's guidelines), it wasn't that much of a shock.

    However, this did not sit well with hordes of ravers who refuse to get jabbed before attending an EDM show where there's a 97% chance they'll be taking random pills from strangers. Go figure.

    Over a thousand comments flooded Avant Gardner's IG post about the new rules. Some in support of the vaccine requirements, many others, well, not so much."... stroke="none" stroke-width="1" fill="none" fill-rule="evenodd">
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    "Unreal! That’s a hard pass for me. I don’t do toxic vaccines especially experimental jabs. Plenty of other places to party at that don’t take away my medical freedom of choice," said one angry person. 

    "Time to unfollow and spend my money somewhere else. Adios, sheeps," said another.

    In a follow-up post, the venue acknowledged the negative responses, but clarified that this should be "a short term and temporary policy" based on the current state rules."... stroke="none" stroke-width="1" fill="none" fill-rule="evenodd">
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    "Based on current NY state law, a venue like ours, as we’re not a seated arena or stadium, is left with only one option to consider as the other proposed option by the State would require us to drastically reduce capacity, enforce separated sections, masks and social distancing in the non-vaccinated section, making it impossible to operate a standing & dancing venue."

    "As New York continues to heal, we are confident that state restrictions will ease, and we remain hopeful that we’re able to celebrate this summer with ALL of you."

    Seriously people, if you've ever stumbled out of Brooklyn Mirage at sunrise, do you really need to worry about what's in the vaccine?

    [Photo via Brooklyn Mirage]