Long Beach, California 2021-07-27 15:55:47 –
With the advent of delta variants of the coronavirus, there has been an increase in cases across the country, including California, and obtaining a card has new implications for some bars.
As the list of bars grows from LA to San Francisco, patrons need to provide evidence of vaccination. last week, LA Tacos reported Concerned about the increase in coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, at least 12 bars in the city have stopped entering the interior of unvaccinated and untested people.
“15 months was a big deal, especially for the hospitality industry and live venue companies,” Echo Park’s Bar Henry explained their stance in an Instagram post. “Let’s do what we can together so that we don’t go back.”
However, Long Beach bars and restaurants are hesitant to enact such a policy.
“There was debate,” said Robert Booth, owner of Steady Brew Beer Co and a member of the Long Beach Bar Association. But so far, this concept hasn’t received much attention among booths and his fellow bar owners. “It makes them bad,” said Booth summarizing their feelings.
Booth said that after more than a year of business restrictions, some have just reopened, and the last thing bar owners need is a limit on frequently available people. “Health and safety are important, but we want to make money right now,” he said.
As with previous restrictions, the fear of losing business to the adjacent Orange County plays a role again. “When people feel it’s not too much of a hassle, they’ll just head to Seal Beach,” Booth said.
Matt Peterson, who owns a legendary sports bar near the county border, says that even if the bar owner decides to ask for evidence, there’s no way to determine if a patron’s vaccination card is legal. Said not.
“We know to look up a driver’s license. We know how to tell if they are genuine or fake,” Peterson said. “But vaccination cards can be purchased online.”
Booth and Peterson agree that bar owners must have an official mandate from the city or state health authorities to implement the policy requiring vaccination certification.
“It’s not my job to track the vaccination status of the general public,” Peterson said. “No one knows who goes out to the twig without a mission.”
Do you know a bar in Long Beach that requires proof of vaccination or a negative test? Tell us!