Philadelphia to require proof of vaccine for indoor dining

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Shown are COVID-19 vaccination record cards in Glenside, Pa., Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. Philadelphia officials announced Monday that proof of vaccination will be required starting Jan. 3 for bars, restaurants, indoor sporting events, movie theaters and other places where people eat indoors close to each other. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is the latest large city to require proof of vaccination to dine indoors. City officials announced Monday that proof of vaccination will be required starting Jan. 3 for bars, restaurants, indoor sporting events, movie theatres, and other places where people eat indoors close to each other.

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For the first two weeks of the mandate, patrons and employees can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of entry.

Employees and children ages 5-11 will also have some extra time to get vaccinated under the policy, with a first dose required by Jan. 3 and full vaccination required by Feb. 3, officials said

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