Philadelphia is the latest city to implement a vaccine passport system for indoor dining, bars, theaters and more.
Since Covid is so deadly, officials waited until January 3 – after Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day – to roll out the new vax passport requirement.
According to Philly officials, the vax passport mandate applies to the following:
- -Indoor restaurant spaces
- -Cafes within larger spaces (like museums)
- -Sports venues that serve food or drink for onsite consumption (including the Wells Fargo Center)
- -Movie theaters
- -Bowling alleys
- -Other entertainment venues that serve food or drink for onsite consumption
- -Conventions (if food is being served)
- -Catering halls
- -Casinos where food and drink is allowed on the floor
- -Food court seating areas should be cordoned off and have someone checking vaccine status on entry to the seating area
Philadelphia officials announced Monday that proof of a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be required to eat inside a restaurant or food establishment.
The rollout begins January 3, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said.
“Any place that sells food or drink to be consumed on-site will have to require that everyone who enters be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” she said.
For the first two weeks, January 3 to January 17, establishments may choose to accept proof of the negative COVID test in lieu of proof of vaccination.
“That negative COVID test must have been for the last 24 hours,” Bettigole said. “Then, after January 17, negative COVID-19 tests will no longer be accepted and everyone must have completed their primary COVID vaccination series.”
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