One of the stipulations of the reopening of New York arenas at 10% capacity is that event attendees need to provide proof of having received a negative PCR test within 72 hours. To help expedite that process, Governor Cuomo and IBM recently unveiled the Excelsior Pass, an app that allows the user's vaccination or test status to be verified via QR code. "Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass's 'Wallet App,'" a press release reads. "Each pass will have a secure QR code, which venues will scan using a companion app to confirm someone's COVID health status."
The Excelsior Pass has been tested at at least two games at the reopened Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center so far. According to the press release, participation in the test was voluntary, and "a subset of predetermined participants" were able to try it out.