KC MO wine bar joins others demanding proof of COVID-19 vaccine

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With the increase in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of mask mandates and requirements is once again a topic of discussion across much of the country.  A pedestrian walks past a discarded mask in downtown Kansas City.

With the increase in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of mask mandates and requirements is once again a topic of discussion across much of the country. A pedestrian walks past a discarded mask in downtown Kansas City.

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Another Kansas City-area business requires customers to show they’ve been vaccinated for services as the area tries to weather another COVID-19 outbreak.

Big Mood Natural Wines, a wine bar located in the city’s Crossroads neighborhood, announced on Instagram On Wednesday the company was making the decision in light of the continued spread of the delta variant in the community.

Visitors wishing to enter the store must now prove their vaccination by showing an official document or a photograph of one of them, the company said. Those unable to provide proof or unable to receive the vaccine will be asked to sit outside and wear a mask when speaking with the waiters.

The wine bar joins others in Kansas City who have recently started requiring proof of good faith vaccination. A handful of bars and restaurants adopted similar rules on Monday, when the city’s last mask term took effect.

The delta variant has been the main driver of new cases in the metro area as well as the country in recent times. The Kansas City metro area recorded 1,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since January on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations and deaths are also on the rise. And emergency rooms are so crowded that some hospitals have started asking people not to go to the emergency room unless they have a serious medical emergency.

In response to the outbreak, Kansas City reinstated a mask mandate that applies to anyone over the age of 5, regardless of their immunization status. Everyone is expected to wear masks in indoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.

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