Revelers going for a night out in Provincetown are being asked to carry two forms of ID after a sudden spike in cases – and public health experts say it may not be long before that outside Cape Cod Bars and nightclubs also begin asking patrons to show CDC vaccine verification. leaves.
“As we see these cases increasing, I think it is perfectly reasonable for private businesses to ask for proof of vaccination, especially when you have a place that has a really high density,” State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-True, told the Herald.
At least half a dozen bars and nightclubs in the popular summer party town now require official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine cards upon entry after more than 132 people tested positive for COVID.
Bob Luz, president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, told the Herald that he had yet to hear of any other restaurants or bars asking for proof of vaccination.
In Boston, most bars and nightclubs operate without any restrictions. There are no restrictions in the Grand and The Scorpion Rooms. Howl at the Moon reopened on July 9, without restrictions.
West End concert hall Big Night Live is recommending masks for unvaccinated individuals, but a waitress who answered the phone on Wednesday said the venue is “not checking.”
State guidelines currently “advise” non-vaccinated people to stay indoors and when social distancing is impossible, but the burden of enforcement has been left to individual business owners.
“I don’t think any small or large consumer-service business wants to be in law enforcement effectively,” said John Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. “It’s about personal responsibility and choice now.”
Governor Charlie Baker – who returned to Massachusetts Wednesday evening from Aspen, Colo., where he held meetings with the Republican Governors Association – has closed earlier conversations about state vaccine passports.
Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and Representative Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, wrote to Governor Charlie Baker in early April asking the Republican governor to develop a “robust framework” for vaccine validation during the reopening. To supplement the state’s economy.
“Vaccine passes will allow us to live with the virus without enforcing costly lockdowns,” lawmakers said at the time.
But that’s exactly where Boston University infectious disease specialist Dr. Davidson Hammer told the Herald he fears coronavirus cases could rise again in Massachusetts. Massachusetts saw 366 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday – the highest single-day count since the end of May. As of Wednesday, the number of daily new cases had risen to 457.
“It looks like we are almost beginning another wave,” Hammer said, noting that this time the difference is that hospitalizations and deaths are still significantly lower than at the peak of the pandemic.
Hammer said that if trends continue to rise, state officials will need to consider reinstating the mask mandate and collecting limits.
“We need to start wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status,” Hammer said.