City of Not So Brotherly Love — Now Philly rolls out COVID-19 Vax Req for indoor dining

FILE PHOTO: Signs announcing the request for proof of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination certificate to enter the nightclub “Dolphin Tavern” are seen, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., August 13, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Beier/File Photo

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — 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.
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“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.”

Officials said the mandate applies at places where people can eat together indoors, like indoor restaurants, bars, sports venues – including the Wells Fargo Center, movie theatres, catering halls and cafes.