BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Starting Tuesday, everyone 12 or and older must show proof that they're fully vaccinated to do several kinds of indoor activities in Boston, including indoor dining.
Bars, gyms, movie theaters and other recreational activates are also under the mandate, officially called the "B-Together" program. Boston is moving forward with the policy despite declining COVID-19 statistics across the city.
Mayor Michelle Wu said last week the city would be able to drop the indoor vaccination mandate if COVID numbers fall far enough. The city's ICU bed occupancy is already less than the occupancy threshold of 95%, and the city's percent positivity is at 5.4% — just shy of the city's 5% threshold. Hospitalizations with the virus — which need to be at 200 or less to lift the mandate, have been steadily declining since the middle of January.
The next phase of the city's plan, which will require kids as young as 5 to show proof of at least one vaccine dose, will kick in in March, if the mandate isn't lifted by then.
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