Washington, D.C., will require proof of vaccination at its indoor restaurants, meeting venues, and gyms in the new year.
The city announced the new mandate, which will take effect on Jan. 15, alongside a report detailing the latest coronavirus data from the city.
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"Beginning Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 6:00 a.m. certain establishments will be required to verify that patrons ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine," read the announcement released Wednesday.
The update noted that by Feb. 15, patrons 12 and older will be required to be fully vaccinated.
Locations where the mandate will apply include restaurants, bars, nightclubs, indoor entertainment facilities, indoor exercise and recreational areas, and event and meeting spaces.
Acceptable forms of proof include vaccine cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immunization record printouts, or COVID-19 verification apps.
Exceptions will be made if a person is only briefly entering a business to use the restroom or to pick up an order, according to the update.
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Other major metropolises, including New York City, have implemented similar vaccination mandates, while more conservative-leaning localities, such as South Dakota, have banned the use of vaccine passports.
The update revealed that 65.5% of district residents are currently vaccinated, with the lowest vaccination rates among those 18-24, which is only 53.2% vaccinated. The district is experiencing a daily case rate of 123.8 per 100,000 people, up from 13.7 cases the month before.