More Massachusetts Businesses Are Requiring Proof Of Vaccination

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Business owners in the Boston area of trying to balance a return to normalcy with customer safety as COVID cases are on the rise.

Owners of places such as restaurants, gyms, nightclubs and music venues are starting to require proof of vaccination in order to enter.

Places like Row Republic, a fitness center located in the North End of Boston, need to see proof of a vaccination before clients can starting using their facilities.

Co-owner Joey Tagliente is also applying this to his employees.

"It’s a one-time step,” Tagliente explains, “we have them either physically bring in their card or a copy of their card or we have them email us at a secure email.”

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Other places like The Plough and Stars in Cambridge have to find a balance between the multiple events and services they offer.

“For our live music shows we are asking that people show proof of vaccination because that singer’s projecting.” Co-owner Gabriel O’Malley says. “Other times when people are just coming in for a bite to eat, we’re not requiring them to show proof of vaccination.”

Both owners say they expect more businesses to incorporate some type of vaccination verification.

This comes as New York City just announced on that it will be requiring all people to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, fitness and entertainment.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the mandate, called the “Key to NYC Pass," will apply to workers and customers in those indoor spaces. The initiative will begin phasing on August 16, with full enforcement by September 13.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) has the story

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