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Dec 14, 2021
Topline Philadelphia became the latest city to mandate that customers show proof of coronavirus vaccination before dining indoors at a restaurant, as new infections spike across the country. Diners eating lunch at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. LightRocket via Getty Images Key Facts Starting January 3, vaccine cards will be required to enter any Philadelphia establishment where food is served indoors, including dine-in movie theaters, sporting venues, bowling alleys, bars and casinos, Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said Monday. New York was the first city to announce a vaccine mandate in August for patrons dining indoors, seeing movies in theaters and even going to gyms in a play to encourage unvaccinated New Yorkers to get their shots, Mayor Bill De Blasio said. It was soon followed by San Francisco , where since August proof of vaccination has been required to enter indoor restaurants, bars, theaters, clubs and gyms. Shortly after, New Orleans announced the city would adopt a similar policy of requiring proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test to enter an indoor bar or restaurant and in November, city officials said the mandate would continue until at least Mardi Gras the following year, or March 2022. Tangent While not mandated by officials, bars and restaurants in cities across the country have implemented their own vaccine policies . Establishments requiring customers to show proof of vaccination have been reported in cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta. Key Background The U.S. surpassed 50 million coronavirus cases on Tuesday as cases continue to rise across the country. Hospitalizations and deaths also began climbing in late October, though they are still far lower than still far below rates recorded at the peak of the U.S. outbreak in January. Officials have expressed concern over the spread of the newly-discovered omicron variant , which experts believe may be more infectious and has been identified in at least 30 states.