Separate Tables for Vaccinated Clients: The New Trend in NYC (Even If It Doesn’t Make Much Sense)


9 jun 2021 02:35 GMT

Many business owners argue that they are creating special zones for the immunized for the simple reason that customers want to feel like 2019 again.

The separation of areas and seats for the vaccinated has become the latest trend in New York nightlife after the pandemic, with places reserving the best tables for customers who have already received their anti-covid-19 doses, reveals a New York Post article.

According to the outlet, many business owners argue that they are creating these special zones for the simple reason that customers want to feel like 2019 again, and that is easier for vaccinated people to do, than they no longer have to follow the same rules since they run a much lower risk of becoming infected or seriously ill.

“People want a sense of normalcy”

One of those businesses is Carroll Place, an Italian-American wine bar and gastropub that plans to debut its new seats for the vaccinated this Wednesday, with the entire main floor reserved for them.

The restorer AJ Bontempo explains that “once everything begins to reopen, people want a sense of normality”, so he wanted to help create that energy and, in addition, “reward people for being vaccinated.”

Along the same lines, the Carolines comedy club on Broadway is also reserving the best seats for those already inoculated. “The easiest way to get the best seats of the house? Get vaccinated! “, Highlights Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the place.

Hirsch explains that “with an unvaccinated environment” they still have to socially distance people, drastically reducing their ability.

In the future, some shows at Carolines will be for vaccinated clients only. For now, the separate seating means the comedy club can remove a Plexiglass barrier between the artist and the audience, and also end a state rule that required performers to be at least 3.5 meters away from the public. “It is better energy for the artist and for the audience”, defends Hirsch.

Makes sense?

The trend has become the equivalent of “new sections for smokers and non-smokers, it just doesn’t make as much sense,” according to experts consulted by the newspaper.

For one thing, state regulations prohibit venues for fewer than 250 people from requesting proof of vaccination, meaning that anyone can claim to be vaccinated to get the good seats.

Moreover, health experts estimate that even if places could impose such a requirement, the risk of contracting the disease, especially for unvaccinated people, cannot really be reduced by social distancing in an enclosed area.

Epidemiologist Stephanie Silvera, professor of public health and expert in social distancing at Montclair State University, recalls that people are still susceptible to contracting COVID-19 if they are within a small space, and warns that they should keep their masks on when they are not eating.

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