Ready to go out for a walk before the summer ends? In some parts of the United States, you may need to carry your COVID-19 vaccination card or a digital copy of that document in order to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and outdoor music festivals.
After resisting the divisive idea of vaccination passports for most of the pandemic, more and more private establishments and some local authorities are already requiring people to demonstrate that they are vaccinated to allow them to enter public places in order to reduce the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus and to reassure suspicious customers.
The United States is unlikely to impose a national mandate as in France, where as of Monday people will be required to present a QR code showing they have a vaccination pass in order to enter restaurants and coffee shops, or to travel the world. country.
But the number of stores that have started requesting digital passes has raised concern among some privacy advocates, who fear the trend could become mainstream to constantly track consumers.
WHO IS APPLYING FOR VACCINATION PASSPORTS?
New York City set a trend last week when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would soon require people to show that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to eat inside a restaurant, see a show or go to the gym.
However, a growing number of private establishments, from Broadway theaters to music clubs in Minneapolis and Milwaukee, have established their own similar rules for patrons.
“I’m a firm believer in people’s right to choose whether or not they want to get vaccinated,” said Tami Montgomery, owner of Dru’s Bar in Memphis, Tennessee, who will begin ordering paper vaccination cards and photo ID on Thursday. “But it is my business and I must make decisions based on what protects my staff, my establishment and my customers.”
Organizers of the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago said at the opening of the event in late July that more than 90% of the 100,000 people who attended provided proof that they were vaccinated, and that most of the rest were shown to have tested negative for COVID. -19 in recent exams. Hundreds more were rejected for not having the corresponding documentation.
Only in a few states – Texas and Florida being the largest – were private businesses prohibited from requiring people to show they were vaccinated.