BOSTON (CBS) – As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Massachusetts and nationwide, more places are starting to require proof of vaccination before they can enter.
It was a tough decision for bar and nightclub owner James Morgrage, but starting August 16, the Back Bay Club Café in Boston will be the first to require patrons to present their vaccination cards at the door. .
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“It was really about trying to protect the community, our people and our business,” said Morgrage.
He says he saw the spike in Delta variant cases and wanted to protect his customers and staff, many of whom are part of the LGBTQ community.
“The LGBT community, there are so many people living with HIV who are already immunocompromised. So we thought of them too, ”said Morgrage.
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A local infectious disease doctor called the move reasonable, as the Delta variant is more contagious and can spread even among people who have been vaccinated.
Could masking in nightclubs, bars and crowded indoor spaces be the next step?
“We know that with Delta, even people who have been vaccinated can transmit it. You don’t have to be contagious to transmit. And now that we’re back above 1,000 cases per day in the state again, I think for the next few weeks if people are masking themselves we hope to see a drop in cases, ”said Dr Daniel Kuritzkes , who works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Division of Infectious Diseases.
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Morgrage hopes that showing their vaccination cards that will be enough protection for now.