SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - With the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant in Arizona, a Scottsdale restaurant is taking an extra step to keep the virus from coming through its doors by requiring those who dine in to show proof of being fully vaccinated.
The restaurant says all of its employees are vaccinated and continue to wear masks, and the next step it plans to take by Aug. 4 is to confirm all dine-in guests show proof of being fully vaccinated.
"With the latest trends regarding the highly transmissible delta variant, we have decided for the good of all to add another layer of safety for our staff —who is fully vaccinated and still required to wear masks, in addition to the same safety standards pre-vaccine—and our guests who have been vaccinated. Starting Wednesday, August 4th, you will be required to show proof of your coronavirus vaccination card, or a picture of it on your phone," the post went on to read.
FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The restaurant knows the requirement will be met with some criticism, but says it comes from a deep desire to care for its staff and customers.
Chef and co-owner of FnB, Charleen Badman, says, "We just moved back inside. We were outdoors from October until May and then we moved back indoors and we continued to tell customers to wear a mask and they are unhappy about that. We're asking them to wear a mask to their table, but it's just another layer of security while indoors. It's something we do think is necessary along with the vaccine."
The restaurant will be calling those who have already made reservations to tell them the new policy. For regulars, proof of vaccination will be noted in the system.
COVID-19 numbers in Arizona continue to rise
On July 31, Arizona reported over 2,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 infections for the first time in nearly five months amid a continuing increase in the state's rolling average of new cases and more virus-related hospitalizations.
The additional 2,066 cases and 22 deaths increased Arizona's pandemic totals to 927,235 cases and 18,246 deaths. Arizona on March 5 reported 2,276 additional cases.
Public health officials in Arizona and elsewhere attribute the worsening spread to the very contagious delta variant and low vaccination rates. Arizona's case numbers and hospitalizations remain below peaks during surges last summer and winter.
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