For a little while there, it seemed like the COVID-19 pandemic was stopping and coming to an end. Sure, scientists have accepted that there is almost no chance this new coronavirus will ever go away, but at least infection and death rates were declining across the United States in the first half of the year. when vaccines became widely available.
Then came a confluence of factors that pushed up COVID-19 infections this summer: the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus, a drop in new vaccination rates and the easing of pandemic restrictions in most parts of the country. For a while, people were allowed to unmask themselves in museums, gyms, grocery stores, bars and just about everywhere else. But new mandates are making a rapid comeback in the businesses most affected by the high number of COVID-19: restaurants.
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Although neither nationwide federal ordinances nor statewide mandates have been put in place, a handful of cities are taking the rising infection rates seriously and are starting to introduce new rules for in-person meals, including the presentation of proof of vaccination.
Earlier this month, New York City became the first major metropolitan area in America to issue proof of mandatory vaccination for indoor meals, according to The New York Times. The rules also extend to gymnasiums, theaters and other indoor venues, although they only require proof of at least one dose of vaccine.
In Palm Springs, Calif., You will now be required to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to dine indoors, while mask warrants are now back for many other establishments, including stores. , according to ABC7. And further west, Los Angeles City Council was actively considering implementing vaccine evidence rules at the time of publication.
In Denver, the mayor has demanded that all city employees, as well as private sector employees in high-risk environments like healthcare and restaurants, get vaccinated, according to WGNTV, while in Chicago, the city government now recommends the interior mask for anyone over the age of two.
In Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Boulder, New Orleans, and several other major cities, there are plenty of restaurants and bars (and in many cases organizations that support points catering service) now check vaccination status on their own accord, although official city warrants are likely, according to Forbes.
Meanwhile, in Florida, the state government has explicitly prohibited companies from requiring proof of vaccination in exchange for the service. Just a week before this article was written, Florida broke its own one-day records for COVID-19-related hospitalizations and newly recorded coronavirus cases.
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