T-Bar Social Club has joined forces with an emerging software platform — Bindle Systems’ digital health wallet — to reopen safely. After being shuttered for over 13 months due to COVID-19, the T-Bar recently announced a proof-of-vaccination policy for all concert attendees.
The Bindle app enables each guest to upload their vaccination and testing status, select the event they are attending, and receive a scannable entry pass on their phone or a piece of paper. No sensitive data or health information is shared, thus satisfying HIPPA compliance regulations.
“When we announced our vax policy, we knew there would be a like-minded company that would create a way for us to effectively manage entry to the club on show nights,” Jamie Schectman, T-Bar Social Club owner, said. “It’s an honor for our little venue in the Eastern Sierra to be at the forefront of innovation and an early adapter of this cutting-edge and much-needed technology.”
The Bindle app is free to users and charges a nominal fee to the venue. Bindle provides an easy, secure way to safely return to shared spaces using COVID-19 test results and vaccination records. The app creates scannable entry passes without revealing sensitive personal data or health information.
“Live event venues have suffered so much over the past year. We built Bindle to safely bring our communities back together. We want to give everyone the freedom and confidence to enjoy the activities and experiences we’ve missed so much,” Gus Warren, co-founder and CEO of Bindle Systems, said.
“Earlier this month we hosted what might have been one of the world’s first limited-capacity indoor concerts, with 100 percent of the crowd vaccinated,” Schectman said. “I can confidently say that everyone in attendance felt safe knowing the audience was fully vaxxed and everyone was stoked to be enjoying live music again.”
The T-Bar’s decision to require proof of vaccination was guided by survey results from more than 60 bands that had previously played at the club. Additionally, California’s current and future state guidelines are rewarding venues that enforce vaccine requirements by allowing for higher capacities.
The pilot event for using the Bindle app is May 7, when Lake Tahoe’s The Nomads take the stage. Some limited-capacity tickets are available at www.tbarsocialclub.eventbrite.com. After purchasing tickets, each concert goer will be sent a link to download the Bindle app to create an online profile, upload their proof of vaccination and create an entry pass.
“The Nomads are stoked to be the first band with this new technology for entry,” frontwoman Kandy Xander said. “We are going to rock extra hard for this monumental occasion!”