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Boston's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for indoor public spaces in effect

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A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday.Patrons 12 and older will be required to show they have received at least one vaccine dose to enter indoor dining, bars, nightclubs, gyms and entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by Feb. 15.There are some exemptions, including performing artists who are not regularly employed by a venue, professional athletes and sports teams."Today's launch of our Be Together policy means that we are taking important steps on the policy side to close those gaps and continue protections for our workforce and for our residents," Wu said in an afternoon statement. "I continue to hear from our partners in health care and in our health institutions that the ongoing strain on our health care system overall is still being driven by gaps in vaccination rates."Affected businesses will be required to place a sign at the front entrance and check a customer's vaccination proof upon entry. Acceptable forms of proof will include a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card, a digital image of the card, an image of another official immunization record or a COVID-19 vaccine verification app. Also Saturday, Boston launched its "B Together" app to allow individuals to store vaccination records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish and simplified Chinese. Additional languages will follow.On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that people who were vaccinated in Massachusetts may obtain and download to their smartphones. That tool is built on the SMART Health Card standard, which is already in use by several other states.The proof of vaccination mandate in Boston is seeing some opposition, as hundreds of protesters were seen marching downtown. Those demonstrators blocked traffic at times. Boston police said no one was arrested in connection with that protest.

BOSTON —

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday.

Patrons 12 and older will be required to show they have received at least one vaccine dose to enter indoor dining, bars, nightclubs, gyms and entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by Feb. 15.

There are some exemptions, including performing artists who are not regularly employed by a venue, professional athletes and sports teams.

"Today's launch of our Be Together policy means that we are taking important steps on the policy side to close those gaps and continue protections for our workforce and for our residents," Wu said in an afternoon statement. "I continue to hear from our partners in health care and in our health institutions that the ongoing strain on our health care system overall is still being driven by gaps in vaccination rates."

Affected businesses will be required to place a sign at the front entrance and check a customer's vaccination proof upon entry.

Acceptable forms of proof will include a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card, a digital image of the card, an image of another official immunization record or a COVID-19 vaccine verification app.

Also Saturday, Boston launched its "B Together" app to allow individuals to store vaccination records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish and simplified Chinese. Additional languages will follow.

On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that people who were vaccinated in Massachusetts may obtain and download to their smartphones. That tool is built on the SMART Health Card standard, which is already in use by several other states.

The proof of vaccination mandate in Boston is seeing some opposition, as hundreds of protesters were seen marching downtown. Those demonstrators blocked traffic at times. Boston police said no one was arrested in connection with that protest.

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