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Proof of vaccination for indoor spaces may be coming to Chicago. Some restaurants push back

CHICAGO — A Covid precaution that’s already in different main cities may be on its approach to Chicago.

Chicago restaurants and different indoor leisure venues may quickly be required to confirm proof of vaccination earlier than serving prospects for indoor eating.

Some Chicago restaurants are pushing back.

Restaurants in cities like New York, San Francisco and New Orleans have already got a requirement in place.

The mandate would additionally embody bars, film theaters and live performance halls.

The concept is being advocated by eight Chicago council members. Those members not too long ago despatched a letter to the town’s well being director and the mayor.

Chicago Restaurants Coalition is pushing arduous towards the mandate.

Some restaurant homeowners argue it’s tough for restaurants, already having a tough time discovering certified servers, to deal with the extra accountability of checking for proof and imposing it.

Alderman Scott Waguespack is one of the council members who help the mandate.

“It is worthy to have a discussion about  health issues and what the impacts may or may not be,” he stated. “The CDPH would ultimately determine what is necessary to keep citizens and customers safe during a pandemic.” 

 But as a substitute of vaccine proof verification, the CRC desires the town to double down on reaching out to areas the place vaccination charges are low. They consider a range of incentives might assist.

The CRC additionally says the town might demand money already allotted in congress is restaurant reduction act to give to the numerous struggling Chicago restaurants to hold them afloat.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has stated earlier that she’s monitoring the state of affairs and the way it’s faring in different cities.

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