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Two weeks ago, Brooklyn-based electronic music venue Avant Gardner shared an announcement requiring attendees to be vaccinated for all upcoming shows. However, in response to the state of New York's rescinding of COVID-19 restrictions, Avant Gardner has revoked its vaccine mandate.

Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted sweeping state ordinances on social distancing requirements, capacity limits, health screenings, and cleaning protocols. The Governor’s statement followed a milestone that 70% of New York’s adult population had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Now, the onus is on private businesses to enact or drop COVID-19 safety policies for patrons.

From the get-go, Avant Gardner made it clear that its vaccine mandate was made necessary due to local mandates. Public outcry in response to Avant Gardner’s vaccine policy even prompted them to break down their reasoning and appease the local electronic music community on social media. So, it’s no surprise that the popular electronic music hotspot is swiftly reversing course in response to relaxed restrictions.

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