Philadelphia Will Require Proof of Vaccination to Eat or Drink Indoors Starting January 3rd

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City officials in Philadelphia have announced that people will soon be required show proof of vaccination to eat or drink indoors.

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The news that both customers and workers in restaurants and cafes will have to be vaccinated was announced by city officials yesterday.

It comes as Covid-19 cases in the city have started to rise.

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On January 3rd, the first phase of the mandate will take effect which will see food and drink establishments require proof of full vaccination or a negative test from within the last twenty-four hours, the New York Times reports.

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Then for January 17, the second phase will begin and negative tests will no longer be accepted.

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The 2 week gap between the phase will allow people who are currently unvaccinated to either have the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the required doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

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The likes of bars, restaurants, sports venues that serve food, bowling alleys, movie theatres, catering halls and cafes within larger establishments are among the places that the mandate will apply to.

It will not apply to schools, day care facilities, convenience stores, grocery stores, hospitals, and soup kitchens.

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Philadelphia’s health commissioner, Cheryl Bettigole, said in a conference she doesn’t “want to close restaurants or other types of businesses that serve food” as they have “been through too much, and they’re an important part of the life of our city.”

“Since we can’t make people wear masks when they’re eating, we need to increase the vaccination rate of people in those situations,” she added.

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The mandate follows the likes of New York, San Franciso and New Orleans who have recently put similar mandates into effect.

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The first phase of the mandate comes into effect on January 3.

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