A casual multi-restaurant dining hall. Photo from Pixabay.
Example of restaurant. but not in Palm Springs. Photo from Pixabay.

Anyone looking to have a meal or get a drink at an indoor restaurant or bar in Palm Springs will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative virus test under a regulation that took effect Thursday.

The Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved the requirement on Aug. 4. The rule requires all indoor restaurant/bar patrons to prove they are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours.

The mandate only applies to indoor seating. No proof is required to eat outside.

Although the mandate was approved Aug. 4, the city delayed implementation for three weeks to give restaurant and bar owners time to put the necessary enforcement protocols in place.

The order does not apply to those under the age of 12 who cannot get the vaccine.

Proof of vaccination can be provided by a COVID-19 vaccination record card, a photocopy of the card, a digital photo of the card on the customer’s phone or documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider.

“We have made hard decisions quickly to hopefully prevent harder decisions in the near future,” Mayor Christy Holstege said after the Aug. 4 vote. “Our residents, businesses and workers recognize the need to once again pivot, and the City Council has listened. I am extremely proud of our community.”

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