Florida ‘vaccine Passport’ Probes Target Harry Styles Concert, Library, Counterterrorism Squad – Orlando Sentinel

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Florida is investigating potential violators of its COVID “vaccine passport” law that include a Harry Styles concert in Orlando, a Major League Baseball team, businesses, and government agencies, among them a public library and an FDLE counterterrorism unit.

A list of 120 cases “under review” by the state Department of Health was released because of a public records request from the Orlando Sentinel first filed in September. The health department complied after a lawyer for the Sentinel contacted the agency’s general counsel.

In Central Florida, the list includes Orange County government, the Orange County Convention Center, AdventHealth, Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando Lowndes Shakespeare Center, the House of Blues and Plaza Live.

Some cases involve specific performances such as the entry listed “Amway Center – Harry Styles concert.” The singer performed Thursday at the Orlando arena.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Harry Styles performs on NBC’s Today show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. (Charles Sykes/Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Disney Cruise Lines, as well as other cruise ship companies, also made the list despite a federal court order that has prevented enforcement of the law against Norwegian Cruise Lines. Walt Disney Co., which has mandated vaccinations for its U.S. employees, isn’t listed, however.

Other government agencies include the Alachua County Public Library and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s counterterrorism squad in Jacksonville.

The FLDE Jacksonville office on Monday referred all questions to the main office in Tallahassee, which had no comment.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the controversial law, which is being disputed in court. It prevents businesses and governments from requiring customers to show proof of COVID vaccination. The health department is responsible for enforcing the $5,000 per violation fine that went into effect Sept. 16.

A spokesperson for Amway Center did not want to comment before reading the Sentinel report but confirmed that Amway Center’s policy required either being vaccinated or having a negative PCR test for COVID to attend the Styles concert.

Asked if agencies or businesses that allowed a testing option in addition to a vaccine requirement were in compliance with the law, DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said the law states that “mandatory vaccine passports are prohibited, but other COVID protocols are not necessarily prohibited.”

“I do not know the details of the Amway Center’s policy, but an investigation is not a finding of a violation,” Pushaw said.

The Department of Health did not respond to requests for comment.

Health department rules call for a notice of violation to be issued, which will include the right to a hearing before an administrative law judge. The fines would be due to the department within 30 days of a final order.

Major large companies have mandated vaccines for employees, but not customers, including The Walt Disney Co. Despite that, only the company’s cruise line made the list.

Others on the list include large companies like AT&T and Northrop Grumman and tiny ones such as Skydive DeLand.

The Miami Marlins are under investigation, but no other major sports team made the list.

Despite being on the list, the cruise ship business is not expected to immediately face fines after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction halting enforcement in a lawsuit brought by Norwegian Cruise Line. The governor’s press secretary Christina Pushaw has said the state would not enforce the law for the cruise industry until a decision is made on the injunction.

The Florida law is in direct conflict with President Biden’s order that companies with more than 100 employees require their workers to be vaccinated or face weekly testing for the coronavirus. Specific rules for that mandate have yet to be released.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Here is the list of governments, businesses and other organizations under review as released by the Department of Health. It is not clear why some entries are listed more than once, and some may be incomplete.

iTHINK Financial Amphitheater

Straz Center, Patel Conservatory, Next Generation Ballet

Grovenor House Condominium

The Rock Boat (Norwegian Cruiseline)

Broward Center of the Performing Arts

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

Allied Universal / G4S and Bay Care Health Systems

Naples Community Hospital

City of Miramar Vernon E. Hargray, City Manager

Alachua County Public Library

FDLE, Jacksonville Region, Counterterrorism Squad

Dr. Phillips Center/Walt Disney Theater (Broadway Series)

Mid Florida Credit Union (Zack Brown Concert)

AGA : 2021 Operations Conference

Feld Entertainment Studios

iTHINK Financial Amphitheater / Maroon 5 concert

Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Parker.

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre and The Parker

Titusville, Florida’s Space Coast

Gasparilla Music Festival

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Armory Center for the Arts

Seafarers International Union

iTHINK amphitheater organized by Live Nation Entertainment

The Doctor Phillips Center

The Big Arts Sanibel Island

JP Poindexter & Co employees

Straz Center for Performing Arts

Riverview High School Preforming Arts Center

Allion insurance, Florida Amphitheater Live Nation

Live Nation Concerts- MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Alachua County Library District

Alachua County Library District (own entity/not ran by Alachua County)

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

Alachua County Library District

Seafarers International Union

Alachua County Public Library

The Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center

American Public Transit Association

Orange County Convention Center

Florida Trail Association

Plantation Police Department

Titanium Yoga – “VAX ONLY” classes

Orlando Lowndes Shakespeare Center

Lauren Poe, Mayor City of Gainesville

Jerry Demings, Mayor Orange County

Van Wezel Performaing Arts Center

Coast is Clear Music Festival

Merrill Gardens at Champions Gate

The Saber Legion – Florida Charter sponsored event: called Florida Kyber Open on November 14th at XL Soccer World Orlando

Allegiant Airlines at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport

American Maritime Officers Union / Training Facility

Amway Center – Harry Styles concert

Florida Repertory theater

Military defense contractor

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tampa amphitheater / Live Nation event

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre / Zac Brown Concert

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre / Live nation- Brooks and Dunn Concert

Mid FL amphitheater – David Aldean Concert

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