(by Cristina Laila | Gateway Pundit) – Minnesota – Minneapolis and St. Paul will now join other major Democrat-run cities and require proof of vaccination in order to enter restaurants, bars, theaters and other venues.
“This is a critical next step to avoid closures,” Communist Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said at a virtual news conference with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. “We want to stay open, and we need to stay safer.”
Both mayors used their emergency powers to impose the vaccine passport system in their cities.
The Star Tribune reported:
Minneapolis and St. Paul will require customers to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues, marking some of the most aggressive steps the Twin Cities have taken to curb the spread of the virus.
The new restrictions — which will apply to places where food or beverages are sold for on-site, indoor consumption — will go into effect for most businesses Jan. 19, though ticketed events will not be required to comply until Jan. 26. Patrons can provide either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken under medical supervision within the last 72 hours. Proof of booster shots is not required.
The orders, which both mayors used their emergency powers to enact Wednesday, also apply to stadiums, movie theaters, bowling alleys, convention centers and other venues that serve food or drinks. St. Paul’s mandate will apply only to businesses that are licensed by the city, meaning restaurants that don’t sell alcohol will not have to follow the new regulation.
Customers will be considered vaccinated two weeks after completing any of the vaccine series approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), officials said. They can present businesses with a physical vaccine card, a photo of one or the state’s Docket app as proof.
Los Angeles, San Francisco, DC, Chicago, and New York City are a few of the Democrat-run cities asking people to show their papers before entering most buildings.