I observed a DC bar the first night, it needed proof of vaccination
Before heading to Ivy and Coney To keep up with the team that worked out the door the first night Shaw Bar demanded proof of vaccination, I reviewed the conflict de-escalation strategies I learned earlier in the pandemic. Hotel organizations organized workshops where staff were able to learn how to protect themselves from hotheads who take action.
Look around for items that could potentially be used as weapons, such as pint glasses.
Notice who else is around and consider making eye contact with a coworker so they can keep an eye on you.
Use a strong tone and bring your hands together in front of your body.
Twitter users have trolled some of Washington’s 21 bars and restaurants who have made public their new proof of vaccination policies, saying they will go bankrupt. Some reviewers may not even live in the district, but co-owner Ivy and Coney Chris Powers was still a little nervous.
Saved powers Pat Adams Jr., his doorman with 20 years of experience, Friday night in case there is friction. He says he does this every time he implements a new procedure involving employees. Bars and restaurants across the district have implemented proof of vaccination policies this month, citing the highly contagious delta variant and the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region.
“With all the rhetoric there is about this, I’m glad my fears are unfounded,” Powers said. “I haven’t been called a communist yet, so that’s great.”
My research on de-escalation was wasted. Nineteen of the 20 people who walked up the stairs to the dive bar had their vaccine proof ready for inspection within the first hour I observed Adams and Powers. No one made a fuss, not even the one customer who searched for documentation for 10 minutes before giving up and leaving.
“We tried to put it there as much as we could, but it’s the Internet, so you never know how many people are reading it, ”Powers says. “It seems most people were aware of the policy. Those who were not did not seem deterred.
Adams wasn’t worried about law enforcement. “It’s just something else,” he said. “Everything is beautiful and smooth. I like to go with the flow – well, not with everything – but if that’s what I have to do, it’s not that big of a deal. He and Powers have expressed some apprehension about learning how to spot fake cards. “We just have to trust the people who make the effort to show something are probably vaccinated,” Powers said.
The bar’s new form of beer and shot combo went well. A dozen people said they chose to visit Ivy and Coney on Friday night due to the new policy. You could tell there were smiles behind the masks as clients produced their immunization cards by the way the corners of their eyes creased. Some even said thank you.
The majority of Ivy and Coney’s clients showed off their original cards, with frayed edges from stuffing the awkward document into narrow wallets. Powers is calling this movement “living to the limit” and urging everyone to make sure they have a backup photo of their original card. His pro tip is to add the photo of the card to a note in the “notes” app on iPhones. A few took out their electronic vaccination record.
John guggenmos, who is co-owner To exchange and Number nine, has a larger sample to draw conclusions on how proof of vaccination policies are applied locally, as its Logan Circle bars began requiring it a week earlier. DC queer bars were among the first to make the trip.
Like Powers, Guggenmos was there on day one. “Without a doubt, people were supporting him,” he says. “They would take pictures, tweet their friends and say, ‘It’s about time, thank you for doing it.’ People must have groped. They weren’t ready, but there was no hesitation. It was more like “Shit, where is this?”
“Anonymous people on Twitter will say whatever they want,” Guggenmos continues. “But even that was such an exception and the positive overwhelmed him 40 to 1. I didn’t hear any complaints and the staff said the same.”
Justin parker, who is co-owner The dirty goose, echoes Guggenmos. “We really haven’t seen a setback,” he says. “A few comments on Instagram and Google reviews have been negative, but we take them with caution. We have had very few people who have had an argument and if they do, they end up leaving and they are not. our regulars.
Count couples Travis McIntyre and Liz mclaughlin like two of the customers who went to Ivy and Coney because they read the new rule. “It’s good public policy,” says McIntyre. “It will help contain the increase in cases if you have to be vaccinated to get inside and be in a place where you have removed your mask with strangers you don’t know. ”
A new mask mandate went into effect on July 31 in DC that requires people to wear masks when they are indoors. The mayor’s decree states that you must wear a mask inside bars and restaurants when you are not actively eating and drinking. But the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration said it would only impose fines on establishments if patrons were allowed to enter without a mask. Perhaps mask mandates are more difficult to control when clients don’t have to be seated and socially distant.
“The Delta variant is scary and the numbers are going up and I think everyone should watch it carefully,” McLaughlin adds. “I hate associating with people and being nervous after the fact. At the start of the pandemic, it was so common and I hated it. This is why we sought [Ivy and Coney] outside.”
Molly M. came for the same reason. “I think that will encourage more people to get vaccinated, which is ultimately the goal,” she says. “I’m really excited and proud that Ivy and Coney are doing this.”
Others took a break. Samantha jacobson, who has worked in the hospitality industry, says she is concerned about managers’ responsibility for verifying proof of vaccination, as this could create “sticky situations”. She also sympathizes with people who are not vaccinated due to medical conditions. “I feel like it’s a privilege to have the vaccine and that I can do anything, but I understand that for some people it can be difficult,” she says. “I think there should be an option to wear a mask or show proof of vaccination.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there are vaccine equity issues involving “social, geographic, political, economic and environmental factors” that hinder immunization, such as gaps in access to health care, transportation issues and lack of confidence.
“Some blacks or African Americans and Hispanics or Latinos are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than people from other racial and ethnic minority groups and non-Hispanic whites,” the CDC said.
City paper explored why black residents struggled to access the vaccine in DC when dates first opened. The vaccine has since become more widely available. About 64 percent of DC’s population is at least partially vaccinated.
To be as inclusive as possible, some of the bars that require proof of vaccination will also accept recent negative COVID-19 test results, including Ivy and Coney, Trade, Number Nine, and The Dirty Goose. “I think that’s also valid,” says Jacobson. “We should give people as many opportunities as possible. “
Eating or drinking indoors, even in places requiring proof of vaccination, is not a safe activity. Vaccines reduce the risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19, making it an essential shield. But revolutionary cases can occur in people vaccinated in rare cases. People who are vaccinated can also spread the virus.
Most new cases of COVID-19 occur in pockets of the population that are not vaccinated. Some jurisdictions are considering universal mandates that would require proof of vaccination for indoor activities as a tool to convince more residents to get vaccinated.
New York City is the first to do so. Starting August 16, employees and customers of Big Apple restaurants will need to prove that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. “If you want to participate fully in our society, you have to get vaccinated,” said the mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference on Aug. 3.
McIntyre thinks mayor Muriel bowser should implement a similar policy locally. “I saw Bowser say she was investigating this when someone asked him,” he says. “She was evasive, but she didn’t say no. I think she absolutely should.
As she reopened the Walter E. Washington Convention Center last week, Bowser vowed to “read all about” New York City’s latest move: “I think we are entering a different and new phase of this pandemic. – a phase, unfortunately, which we hoped to prevent more people from getting vaccinated earlier so that the virus does not mutate. I can assure you that the District will evaluate everything that works for DC ”
Powers says a level playing field vaccine mandate would make operations easier. “Anytime you have a patchwork of rules from restaurant to restaurant, it makes it a bit more difficult for customers, so a one-size-fits-all situation, I think, would make our life easier,” he says. “But at this point, unless the mayor implements a universal mandate, I think every bar has to make the decision it needs to make to move forward and stay open.”