Philadelphia Will Require Full Covid-19 Vaccination for Restaurant Patrons

by Michael Freeman
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With Covid-19 showing little sign of slowing down, cities and organizations are doing what they can to curb the spread. On that note, Philadelphia recently introduced a mandate requiring restaurant patrons to receive the vaccination against the virus.

Fox Business covered the announcement, stating Philadelphia begins enforcing it on January 3, 2022. The City of Philadelphia also released a statement, stating patrons need two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna. Alternatively, if you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, one dose is fine.

Specifically, the statement says employees at these establishments need to have one dose of the vaccine by January 3. Children aged 5 years and 3 months through 11 need to have at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, too. They also must be fully vaccinated by February 3. The first two weeks of the mandate have a bit of flexibility though. Establishments can choose to accept proof of a negative Covid test within 24 hours of entry for those not vaccinated. However, after January 17, you can no longer use negative tests to enter places serving food.

Additionally, the wording “any establishment that serves food” is important. This applies to not just restaurants and cafes, but places like museums, bars, and movie theaters, to name a few.

There are also areas where the mandate does not apply. K-12 and early childcare settings, hospitals, congregate care facilities, and special population providers are exempt. The mandate does not apply to Philadelphia Internationa Airport either, except in traditional seated restaurants or seated bar-style locations. Finally, people possessing religious or medical exemptions and children under five years and three months are exempt.

Passport for Those with Covid-19 Vaccine Nearing Completion

The nature of Covid-19 and how it spreads has made it especially difficult for those wanting to travel lately. Luckily, authorities are developing a special passport for vaccinated individuals to make traveling easier.

The Hill reports the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced nearing completion of the special passport. IATA hopes all countries accept it to make international traveling both more convenient and safer. The digital passport will include a passenger’s testing and vaccine information. On top of that, it would manage and verify information from other airlines and governments.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA CEO, issued a statement talking about the process. “Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements.”

If it comes to be, the pass would let travelers bypass quarantine rules and travel restrictions. Though no countries have made vaccination rules for people coming in yet, if they do enact them, this pass would streamline entering the country.