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1 in 3 Americans Deterred by Restaurant Mask Mandates. Here’s Where It’s Already Required.

United States Restaurants + Bars News
by Olivia Harden Sep 3, 2021

As the Delta variant sweeps across the US, many cities and states are questioning their previous decision to relax COVID-19 restrictions. And with a vaccine rate of just over 50 percent when you include children under 12 who are ineligible, the country still has a ways to go before reaching herd immunity.

A new study shows that Americans have different opinions on whether mask and vaccine mandates for restaurants will lead to them not going to a restaurant. A National Restaurant Association survey found that one out of three Americans would be deterred from eating at a restaurant if they had to prove they’d been vaccinated. Just over 30 percent stated they would be deterred if they had to wear a mask. However, 33 percent said a vaccine mandate would make them more inclined to dine in a restaurant, and 25 percent of respondents said a mask mandate would encourage them to eat indoors.

The thing is, in some cities and states, restaurant mask and vaccine mandates are already in place, and it’s important to know where if you have any plans about eating out on a visit. New York City has its Key to NYC vaccine pass program, where patrons must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to access some indoor spaces, including restaurants.

Other cities and counties that require masks indoors regardless of full or partial vaccination at the time of publication:

  • New Orleans
  • Washington DC
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Berkeley, California
  • Sacramento, California
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Philadelphia
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Cary, North Carolina
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Lancaster County, Nebraska
  • Every Nevada county except Mineral County
  • Prince George County, Maryland
  • Shelby County, Tennessee
  • Durham County, North Carolina
  • Orange County, North Carolina
  • Santa Clara County, California
  • Alameda County, California
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Marin County, California
  • San Mateo County, California
  • Sonoma County, California
  • Yolo County, California

Although many states are sticking to CDC guidelines that unvaccinated individuals should be masked up, some are requiring, some are encouraging, and some are banning mask use altogether. States and territories with indoor mask mandates regardless of vaccination status:

  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • New Mexico
  • Washington
  • Puerto Rico

Regardless of where you go, be sure to check local government sites for the most up-to-date information on mask mandates.

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