Readers: Should Mass. require proof of vaccination at restaurants?

Would you continue going out to eat if proof of vaccination was required?

Rachel Wisniewski
Some restaurants are now requiring proof of vaccination. Rachel Wisniewski

New York City’s announcement Tuesday that it would begin requiring proof of vaccination at indoor restaurants and gyms has prompted the question: Is Massachusetts next?

While Gov. Charlie Baker has yet to implement a proof of vaccination mandate, some local businesses — including Grendel’s Den, Rebel Rebel, and The Quiet Few — have instituted their own proof of vaccination requirements.

“To work, we need to ensure our safety,” wrote Joshua Weinstein, owner of The Quiet Few in East Boston, in an Instagram post announcing the bar’s new policy. “It is not a fair ask of the bar/restaurant industry to just put masks back on. We tried that. Throw that on top of our industry being short staffed and exhausting extra hours, it’s not our place to make more concessions. We did that. For over 15 months.”


If Mass. does end up implementing a proof of vaccination mandate, questions remain: Will a statewide app, like New York City’s Excelsior Pass, be widely available for people to digitally store their vaccination cards? Will children under 12 who currently aren’t eligible for the vaccine still be allowed to dine indoors?

We want to hear your questions, concerns, and comments about a statewide mandate requiring proof of vaccination at restaurants. Fill out the survey below, or send us an e-mail at [email protected].

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