Madball has made the decision that after their August 14th show at Irving Plaza in New York City they won’t be playing in that area for some time. This is due to the Key To NYC Pass that requires proof of vaccination to go to restaurants, the gym and performances, which they think is an invasion of medical privacy. The policy won’t actually start until August 16th and has a grace period of until September 13th, when it will be mandatory to show proof of vaccination.
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This is not their first stand against something they think infringes upon people’s privacy. Back in April as part of a huge hardcore show, 2,000-3,000 people came to Tompkins Square in NYC without masks. This violated many COVID-19 guidelines, especially the one where only 500 were supposed to be there.