The Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance are partnering with a technology company to help Indianapolis venues that want to require all patrons attending their events to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Bindle, the technology platform, says it allows patrons to store their vaccination records and COVID test results on a mobile app to ensure ease of entry to entertainment events, some of which are starting to require proof of each customer’s health status.
A news release issued Friday by Bindle, the arts council and the venue alliance said theaters and concert venues again are starting to experience a slowdown in interest with the surge of the COVID-19 delta variant.
“This is a proactive move to ensure our independent venues can continue producing shows,” Josh Baker, executive director of the venue alliance, said in a written statement. “We’ve been through this before, and we’re building on what we’ve learned.”
The three partners emphasized that it is up to individual venues and organizations to determine their own safety requirements for their staff, artists, and audiences.
Some artists already are demanding that all patrons at their events be vaccinated. Alternative country singer Jason Isbell has been particularly outspoken on the issue and has declined to play at venues that won’t require customers to show their vaccination card or proof of a negative COVID test.
Isbell is scheduled to play in Indianapolis on Aug. 24 at the TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park.
The arts council and the venue alliance also are preparing to launch IndyVaxPass.com, a website to help arts and entertainment fans find health and safety requirements for venues throughout the region.
Patrons can sign up for Bindle at https://joinbindle.com/learnmore.
“Indy is looking forward to a robust fall arts season, but options like Bindle are becoming necessary to ensure that venues and organizations have the tools they need to adapt and safely remain open,” Julie Goodman, arts council president and CEO, said in a press release.