Boston Restaurants Get Ready for New COVID Vaccine Requirements – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston’s vaccine mandate starts on Saturday, and anyone entering a Boston restaurant, bar or entertainment venue must show proof of at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

That proof could be a CDC card, a picture of the card, or the state’s new digital vaccine passport.

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Many restaurants around Boston and Cambridge already had their own vaccine requirements in place or started the city requirements a few weeks prematurely.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced the “B Together” initiative, including a vaccine mandate, in hopes of fighting the Omicron rise.

But in Boston’s North End, the city’s oldest residential community, some restaurant owners feel it would be unwelcome 180 to check vaccination status at the door, from the usual “come one, come all” atmosphere.

“I’m getting tired of all this madness,” said Claudia Spagnuolo, whose family has owned La Famiglia Spagnuolo’s for decades. “Every day it’s a new thing, and it’s just so out of hand.”

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She has experienced many empty tables in recent weeks and is concerned that this mandate will wipe out an already depleted customer base.

‘People must want to eat and come in, and now I have to interrogate them at the door. ‘Where’s your card? Where’s your vaccine card? ‘ And they may have it, they may not have it, now it’s a hassle at the door, ”she said. “What country are we in where we check people?”

Neighboring restaurant owner Massimo Tiberi is not thrilled with yet another COVID-19 rule being thrown into the mix, but he cautiously hopes it will not upset his clientele. He says this winter has been great for business.

“I want to check the cards as they come in. You know, that’s what it is, another obstacle that the restaurant industry has to go through, but what are we going to do? We just have to do what we have to do,” he said.

Tiberi says he will personally check the cards at the door so as not to place the burden of potential conflicts with customers on his staff.

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“I want to be the bad guy,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. Feels good today. See you tomorrow.”

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