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BOSTON (CBS) — Boston’s vaccination mandate begins Saturday, and anyone entering a Boston restaurant, bar or entertainment venue will need to present proof of at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This proof can be a CDC card, photo of the card, or the state’s new digital vaccine passport.

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Many restaurants around Boston and Cambridge already had their own vaccine requirements in place or started the city’s requirements a few weeks earlier.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced the “B Together” initiative, including a vaccine mandate, in hopes of combating the Omicron surge.

However, in Boston’s North End, the city’s oldest residential community, some restaurateurs believe checking vaccination status at the door will be an unwelcome departure from the usual “come all, come all” atmosphere.

“I’m getting tired of all this madness,” said Claudia Spagnuolo, whose family has owned La Famiglia Spagnuolo for decades. “Every day is a new thing, and it’s so out of control.”

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She has seen a lot of empty tables in recent weeks and fears this mandate will wipe out an already depleted clientele.

“People are going to want to eat and come in, and now I have to question them at the door. ‘Where’s your card? Where is your vaccination record? And they may have it, they may not have it, now it’s a door issue,” she said. “What country are we in to control people? »

Neighboring restaurant owner Massimo Tiberi isn’t thrilled that another COVID-19 rule is being added to the mix, but he’s cautiously hoping it won’t bother his clientele. He says this winter has been great for business.

“I’ll check the cards as they come in. You know, that’s what it is, another hurdle the restaurant industry has to navigate, but what are we going to do? We just have to do what we have to do,” he said.

Tiberi says he will personally check the cards at the door so as not to burden his staff with a potential conflict with customers.

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“I’m going to be the bad guy,” he said. “We will see how it goes tomorrow. It feels good today. We’ll see tomorrow.”

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