As vaccine ID checking becomes standard in Provincetown, experts predict more bars will follow soon
Partiers heading to a night out in Provincetown are urged to carry two pieces of ID following a sudden spike in cases – and public health experts say it may not be long before Bars and nightclubs outside of Cape Cod are also starting to require patrons to show CDC vaccine verification cards.
“As we see these cases increase, I think it is quite reasonable for private companies to ask for proof of vaccination, especially when you have a very high density location,” said Senator Julian Cyr, D -Truro, said the Herald.
At least a half-dozen of the city’s popular summer holiday bars and nightclubs now require official vaccination cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on entry after more than 132 people have tested positive for COVID.
Bob Luz, president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, told the Herald that he had not yet heard of any other restaurant or bar requiring proof of vaccination.
In Boston, most bars and nightclubs operate without restrictions. The Grand room and the Scorpion room have no restrictions. Howl at the Moon reopened on July 9, also without restrictions.
The West End Big Night Live concert hall recommends masks for unvaccinated people, but a waitress who answered the phone on Wednesday said the venue is “not checking”.
State guidelines currently “advise” unvaccinated people to hide indoors and when social distancing is not possible, but the onus of enforcement has been left to individual business owners.
“I don’t think a small or large consumer service company wants to be effective in law enforcement,” said Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. “It’s now about personal responsibility and choice. “
Governor Charlie Baker – who returned to Massachusetts Wednesday night from Aspen, Colo., Where he took meetings with the Republican Governors Association – has ended previous conversations about the state’s vaccine passports.
Senator Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and Representative Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, wrote to Governor Charlie Baker in early April to implore the Republican Governor to develop a “robust framework” for vaccine verification to complete the reopening of the state economy.
“Vaccine passes will allow us to live with the virus without having to impose costly blockages,” lawmakers said at the time.
But that’s exactly where Boston University infectious disease specialist Dr Davidson Hamer told the Herald he feared Massachusetts was heading again with an increase in coronavirus cases. Massachusetts recorded 366 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday – the highest single-day number since the end of May. As of Wednesday, the daily number of new cases had reached 457.
“It looks like we’re almost at the start of another wave,” Hamer said, noting that the difference this time around is that hospitalizations and deaths are still quite low compared to the peak of the pandemic.
Hamer said if trends continue to increase, state officials will need to consider reinstating mask warrants and setting limits.
“We have to start putting the masks back inside, regardless of vaccination status,” Hamer said.