Albany, N.Y. — New York’s Excelsior Pass, a new system for confirming Covid tests and vaccinations, is launching statewide.
The app will allow New Yorkers to store information on negative Covid tests or their vaccination status. They can then print out a pass or display one on a mobile device to a business or venue that requires a negative test or vaccination for entry.
Individuals interested in using the pass can sign up online. Businesses interested in participating can also get information online.
Mobile apps are available in the Apple and Google stores.
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The app is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to use testing to reopen New York’s economy faster. He dedicated a portion of his State of the State address to the topic and the state has been testing the Excelsior Pass in recent weeks.
Cuomo’s office said venues including Madison Square Garden and the Times Union Center in Albany will begin using Excelsior Pass in the coming weeks. Starting April 2, the system will expand to smaller venues as well.
A number of the reopening efforts Cuomo has announced in recent weeks require patrons to be tested or vaccinated to attend events, including sporting events and shows at arenas and stadiums. Weddings and other celebrations can have more people attend if testing is used or guests are vaccinated.
The Excelsior Pass is meant to provide an easy way for businesses and patrons to confirm vaccine status or a negative test result.
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