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Getting Carded: How to Successfully Require Proof of Vaccinations

As vaccination rates lag and the Delta variant surges, some breweries are choosing to require proof of vaccination for staff or customers; in some places, it’s required by law. Here’s how some are implementing such policies while minimizing complications.

Kate Bernot Aug 23, 2021 - 11 min read

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After a year and a half of navigating mask mandates, on-premise closures, new to-go alcohol permissions, and the logistics of reopening taprooms, breweries face yet another COVID-era challenge: whether to require proof of vaccination for staff and customers.

In some places, local governments are mandating proof of vaccination for indoor dining or other services; elsewhere—in 20 states, as of mid-August—state governments have banned businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. And in yet other areas, it’s up to small businesses to decide whether and how to require proof of vaccination.

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