As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wane, and with America very much ready to get things back to normal, there are a few pockets of the country where local leaders haven’t yet caught on.
Despite the lowering numbers of cases, (and the weakening variants), lawmakers in cities like Philadelphia are continuing to err on the side of authoritarianism and segregation in their pandemic precautions.
Philadelphia officials announced Monday that proof of a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be required to eat inside a restaurant or food establishment.Advertisement - story continues below
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.
The change will continue well in to the new year.
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.Advertisement - story continues below
“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.”
The rules won’t be limited to just restaurants, either. Bars, movie theaters, music venues, and sports arenas will all be affected by this latest change.