Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced Tuesday the city will lift its proof-of-vaccination requirements for indoor public places once certain Covid-19 case and hospitalization thresholds are met, making it the latest to do so as the rate of new infections declines nationwide.
A customer picks up a take-out order near a sign noting Boston’s proof of vaccination on Jan. 13.
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Boston’s proof-of-vaccination requirement will sunset once the city’s Covid-19 positivity rate is less than 5%, there are fewer than 200 new Covid hospitalizations per day and less than 95% of the city’s ICU beds are occupied, Wu said Tuesday.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Friday dropped the city’s requirements to either wear a mask or show proof of vaccination in order to enter businesses.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city will end its mandate once public health data supports it, Fox 9 reports, which could be as soon as this week.
Across the Mississippi, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s office told Fox 9 Monday the mayor “is hopeful he’ll be able to lift the [city’s proof of vaccination] order this week.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at a meeting of the Illinois Restaurant Association last week the city’s mandate could end “in a matter of weeks,” Eater reports.
Smaller localities that have dropped proof of vaccination rules in recent days include Salem, Massachusetts, and Contra Costa County, California.
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Whether more cities will follow. Philadelphia Health Department spokesperson James Garrow told NBC Philadelphia Monday there’s “real honest conversation in the Health Department about how to off ramp some” of the city’s Covid-19 restrictions, such as its proof-of-vaccination requirement. Other cities that still have vaccine proof rules in place include New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New Orleans.
Oakland, California, just imposed proof-of-vaccination requirements on February 1, and Berkeley, California, expanded its order Monday to require booster shots and for children to show proof of vaccination.
247,319. That’s the average number of daily new U.S. Covid-19 cases as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, down from 605,543 two weeks ago—a decrease of 59%.
The proof-of-vaccination policy changes are part of a broader move toward lifting Covid-19 restrictions nationwide as cases fall and more leaders say they want to “learn to live with” the coronavirus. Governors in California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Oregon lifted statewide mask mandates and school mask mandates on Monday, and New York followed suit Wednesday. Axios/Ipsos polling released Tuesday suggests the American public is largely split on whether they agree with the restrictions being lifted, however, with 51% favoring businesses requiring proof of vaccination. Only 21% said they believe the U.S. should “open up and get back to life as usual with no mandates or requirements,” while most respondents favored maintaining at least some precautions.
Here’s when Boston plans to lift its COVID vaccine requirement for certain indoor venues (WBUR)
St. Paul could lift vaccine mandate for restaurants in coming days (Fox 9)
Denver, some other counties to drop ‘mask or vax’ requirement Friday for businesses (Denver 7 ABC)
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