Hello to our Spirit of America Performers and Spectators!
It is hard to believe that in just over a month we will be headed to the Big Apple for the trip of a lifetime!
We just received a COVID update directly from our partners with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Attached you will find important Macy’s Parade Health & Safety Updates as well as theater protocol. This information is time sensitive. It is imperative that you read at your earliest convenience.
Subject line: Important Macy’s Parade Health & Safety Updates
Dear potential Macy’s Parade Participant,
In support of our goal to produce the safest Parade possible and ensure the health and well-being of our participants and spectators, we have made a few updates to our health and safety plan.
Our updated 2021 Health & Safety procedures include, but are not limited to the following:
- All participants and staff must be vaccinated to participate. (We will communicate vaccine verification directions at a later date.)
- UPDATE: Anyone that wishes to be a part of the Parade who is not yet vaccinated should arrange to have received their second shot no later than NOVEMBER 10TH.
- All participants and staff will wear face coverings and additional protective equipment as warranted by their role.
- Social distancing practices will be in place at all interior / exterior Parade operations, including costuming areas, seating, and participant check-in.
- We, along with our government agency and health partners, will continue to monitor evolving health trends and be ready to implement contingency plans should conditions warrant. We will be sure to communicate any further plan revisions to all participants in a timely manner.
We are looking forward to another spectacular celebration and ensuring safe fun for everyone!
Macy’s Branded Entertainment Team
We have also included information regarding current NYC theater requirements for Broadway shows and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular:
You have to have both shots with the second shot being completed 14 days prior to the performance.
If you are not fully vaccinated for religious or medical reasons, you must have a negative pcr test within 72 hours of your performance or a negative rapid antigen test within 6 hours of your performance.
The theaters will not ask what your medical or religious exemption may be. You just have to have the negate test.
There are many rapid testing sites all around Times Square. You must show your proof of both vaccinations and/or negative test. Date, time, and name. Adults must show a matching government ID with the vaccine/negative results.
Please feel free to call or email should you have questions or concerns.
We look forward to serving you in November!
Spirit of America
Our team traveled to New York City this week for planning meetings with our contacts at Macy’s, the Hilton, and our various meal vendors. The city is coming back to life and the vibrant energy can be felt as you walk the streets. As we read in the New York Post, “NYC is the comeback queen… she bounced back from 9/11 and she’s doing it again in the wake of COVID. High vaccination rates and the reopening of museums, theaters, and restaurants have jolted life back into the city and people want to be here.”
Based on the latest New York City mandates, individuals are required to show proof of vaccination starting September 13th to enter restaurants, Broadway Theaters, Radio City Music Hall and other attractions throughout the city.
Spirit of America is obligated to follow the city’s rules and vaccination mandate. Should you choose not to be vaccinated and provide proof upon arrival, unfortunately you will be prohibited from participating in the event. The event is being offered as scheduled and we would only offer a refund or rollover opportunity if the Parade cancels. Deposits are non-refundable.
Final payments are due September 15th. Should the event be cancelled after final payments are made, Spirit of America will offer a refund or rollover opportunity to participate the following year.
We ask that you log onto your account/registration and click on the COVID UPDATE button to update your vaccination status. We thank you in advance for answering the questions about COVID vaccinations prior to September 1st.
We hope you will continue with your plans to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We look forward to seeing you in New York City in November.
Spirit of America