Vaccine requirement imposes itself in Boston bars and restaurants | Pennsylvania News

BOSTON (AP) — Patrons of restaurants, gyms and sports arenas in Boston had to prove on Saturday that they were at least partially inoculated against COVID-19 as the city rolls out a new policy to curb the spread of the virus.

The vaccine requirement, announced last month, follows similar orders in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and other cities that have moved to exclude unvaccinated people from a variety of domestic businesses.

“The best tool we have to end the ongoing COVID outbreak, reduce hospitalization rates and save lives is for everyone to get vaccinated,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said Saturday. We are putting this measure in place to help protect our residents, our businesses and our community.”

Boston’s requirement is called B Together and requires customers and workers at many businesses to prove they’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. It applies to a range of indoor venues, including restaurants, bars, cinemas and concert halls.

Valid proof of inoculation includes a vaccine card or photo thereof, or the new digital Massachusetts vaccine card.

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The policy applies to some of the city’s biggest venues, including TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. Amy Latimer, president of TD Garden, said the venue is “fully supportive of Mayor Wu’s B Together vaccination mandate.”

“We hope, as we continue to work together through these new requirements, that we make continued progress in the fight against COVID-19,” Latimer said in a statement.

Wu said the policy was needed to help tackle a surge of cases caused by the omicron variant.

As of Jan. 10, Boston’s positivity rate was nearly 32% and the city was averaging 2,500 new cases per day, a 16% increase from the previous two weeks. More than 80% of residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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