It’s a free country. Freer then it should be, in my opinion, when it come to vaccinations against COVID 19. I support a universal vaccination requirement.
But since that isn’t going to happen, we need to look at other ways that the majority of us, who have done the responsible thing, can protect ourselves against the irresponsible minority.
So, hats off to Verona’s Quivey’s Grove restaurant and to Genna’s Lounge on the Capital Square. Both long-established businesses are requiring that their customers be vaccinated. Genna’s checks vax cards at the door or at the bar while Quivey’s is relying on the honor system for lack of staff to do door checks.
Their concern for their customers and staff makes me want to spend money there. And it’s not crazy to hope that they’ve started a trend. Other restaurants, bars and different kinds of businesses might see a marketing advantage in requiring proof of vaccination, at least in Dane County.
Some in the restaurant industry suggest that it would make things easier on them if they could point to a government mandate to require proof of vaccination. If Dane County can do that, it should do it now.
It looks like COVID is not going away any time soon. We shouldn’t be surprised. The 1918 flu pandemic echoed throughout the next decade despite vaccines, though it faded over time. And there will, apparently, always be a minority of stubborn fools who refuse to protect themselves and others. So, we have to find ways to adapt.
Here’s one customer who won’t eat in a restaurant that doesn’t require vaccinations.
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