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Boston Bans Unvaccinated People from ‘Restaurants, Gyms, Entertainment Venues’

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu unveiled new COVID regulations Tuesday, effectively banning unvaccinated people from restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues across the city.

“In an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on Monday announced new vaccine requirements for some indoor spaces in the city, as well as a new vaccine mandate for the city’s 18,000-strong workforce,” posted the Boston Globe on Twitter.

The new mandate starts Jan. 15. Residents must prove they’ve received both doses of the COVID medication by Feb. 15.

“There is nothing more American than coming together to ensure that we’re taking care of each other,” Wu said at her press conference to widespread applause.

“There was also pushback from organized labor. Jim Durkin, legislative director for AFSCME Council 93, which represents about 2,000 city employees, said the vaccine mandate should be negotiated with unions, something that has yet to happen. He added that a testing option should remain,” adds the newspaper.

“Mandates are difficult for employees to accept,” he told the Globe. “Particularly difficult in this situation because workers are going on nearly two years without a contract.”

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