Boston Set to Introduce a Vaccine Mandate

Date: December 30, 2021

Proof of vaccination will be required for indoor dining, gyms, bars, nightclubs, indoor recreation, and entertainment.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced that both patrons and workers in specific Boston businesses will require proof of vaccination to enter the establishment. Proof of vaccination will be required for indoor dining, gyms, bars, nightclubs, indoor recreation, and entertainment.

Both workers and customers must show they received at least the first shot by January 15, 2022, and then prove they were fully vaccinated by February 15, 2022.

NFIB feels this mandate places an unfair burden on businesses and workers in the city. Small businesses struggle to fully staff their businesses and now must allocate employees to enforcing a city health mandate. This also places businesses and their workers in the awkward position of engaging consumers, sometimes resulting in hostile interactions.

NFIB spoke out about forcing Boston businesses to police city mandates, noting it was unreasonable to demand this of small businesses in the midst of a recovery and labor shortages. Other surrounding communities (Brookline, Somerville, Arlington, Cambridge, Medford, and Salem) may soon take similar actions mimicking this policy. 

For more details on how to comply, click here.

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