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Boston Announces Vaccine Mandate For Indoor Dining, Other Spaces

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu at a press appearance announcing a new proof-of-vaccination mandate for certain indoor spaces on Monday. Photo: James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu says the city is putting a vaccine mandate in place for certain indoor spaces, starting January 15. Indoor dining, including bars and restaurants, gyms and other fitness centers, and indoor entertainment like theaters and sports games all fall under the mandate, which will apply to all patrons aged 12 and older and the employees of these businesses. The mayor made the announcement at a city hall press conference on Monday.

Guests will be required to show proof of vaccination, which could come as the physical CDC vaccination card, a photo of that card, or an app.

The mandate kicks in for first shots on January 15, and patrons must be fully vaccinated by February 15 to enter the indoor spaces. Children will also be included in the mandate starting on March 1.

Wu said she and her advisors had made the mandate with input from leaders in New York City, which also has a mandate of this kind. Wu also announced a stricter vaccine mandate on city employees, which will remove the weekly testing option.

"For too many months, and years, our businesses have been forced to act on their own. Many have already implemented proof of vaccination independently, " she said.

A few dozen anti-mandate protestors could be heard in the City Hall atrium during the press appearance, belting the national anthem, shouting "Shame on Wu!" and drowning out Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Dr. Bisola Ojikutu.

In response to the crowd noise, Wu said that "There is nothing more American than coming together to ensure that we are taking care of each other."

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