Twin Cities join other US tourist spots turning to vaccine or indoor testing mandates

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(CNN) — If you want to enjoy a meal, drink or indoor entertainment at some of the most popular city getaways in the United States, you better have proof of vaccinations or, in some cases , at least one recent negative Covid-19 test result with you.

Some major tourist spots, like New York, have already had mandates in place for months. But with the highly infectious Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly, more US cities are introducing restrictions.

The mayors of Minnesota’s Twin Cities announced Jan. 12 that they were joining the list of places imposing mandates (see more below). That’s a good thing to keep in mind, especially if you’re from a part of the country that isn’t as strict on masks, testing, and vaccines.

As of January 12, here are some of the top U.S. destinations that are already imposing vaccination and testing mandates or have announced plans to do so soon:


Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said the city will require proof of Covid-19 vaccinations for indoor restaurants, gyms, theaters and arenas starting Saturday.

The mandate will apply to customers and employees and will be released in phases.

For people aged 12 and over, proof of a single dose of vaccine will be required from January 15. Proof of full vaccination will be required on February 15.

Starting March 1, children 5-11 years old must show proof of a vaccine dose. Starting May 1, children 5-11 years old must show proof of full vaccination.


As of Jan. 3, the nation’s third-largest city requires proof of vaccination for most businesses that serve food or drink.

The new requirement is in effect for anyone 5 years and older in restaurants, gyms, theaters, bars and other entertainment and sports venues that serve food and drink.

All customers must be fully vaccinated to enter these establishments, and there is no testing option. Unvaccinated employees at these sites will have a testing option.

Grocery stores, soup kitchens, schools, places of worship, office buildings and residential buildings are exempt. Learn more at

Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, all patrons served in the indoor portion of a food or beverage establishment and other types of indoor venues must show proof of full vaccination prior to entry. The application started on November 29. Here are examples of locations covered:

• Restaurants, bars, cafes, brasseries and hotel ballrooms
• Gyms and fitness rooms
• Cinemas, bowling alleys, arcades, billiard halls, performance halls, sports arenas and museums

Additionally, California now requires universal masking in indoor public places through at least February 15, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said. Learn more from the California Department of Health.

Minneapolis and St. Paul

Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis and Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul announced that beginning Jan. 19, customers will be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result when visiting restaurants or attend events serving food or beverages.

At a press conference on January 12, the two mayors said the mandates were in response to the Covid-19 surge. They said the policies were temporary.

Residents of the Twin Cities will need to show they have been fully vaccinated and have taken either the double-dose Covid-19 vaccine or the single-dose vaccine, Carter said.

Those who choose not to get vaccinated will need to show a negative Covid-19 test result. Self-rapid tests will not be accepted and customers will need to present proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours, the two mayors said.

Children under 2 are exempt from money orders. The policy will go into effect on January 26 for paid events.

New Orleans

Fancy a drink in a bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans? You must have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter.

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In the Gulf region, foodie and party-loving New Orleans also has a mandate in place.

Anyone aged 5 or over must have proof of at least one vaccine – or a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken within the last 72 hours – to enter many indoor venues that attract tourists.

These include:

• Restaurants, bars and brasseries
• Indoor gyms and fitness centers
• Sports complexes
• Concert and music halls
• Event spaces such as hotel ballrooms
• Pool halls, bowling alleys and arcades
• Casinos

Starting Feb. 1, the city will require proof of full vaccination for anyone 5 years of age or older or a negative Covid test result taken within the last 72 hours. Get important details at

New York City

The “Key to NYC” mandate has been in effect since September 13 and has been further strengthened since then.

Restaurants, cinemas, meeting spaces, nightclubs, concert halls, fitness centers, sports arenas, performing arts, museums and other venues are open – but their indoor spaces are only open to vaccinated guests 12 and older who are fully vaccinated.

Children 5-12 years old must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine. From January 29, children 5 to 11 years old must show proof of full vaccination. People who receive Johnson & Johnson’s single dose are considered fully immunized.

There is no test option. For more information, see the “Key to NYC” website.

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Philadelphia requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination for admission to many indoor public spaces.

The mandate came into effect on January 3. The first two weeks of the mandate, from January 3 to 17, have a grace period during which establishments can accept proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken within the last 24 hours in lieu of proof of vaccination.

From January 18, guests 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to enter. Children aged 5 years and 3 months to 11 years must have received at least one injection.

From February 3, children aged 5 years and 3 months to 11 years must have received a second injection.

Among the types of establishments covered by the mandate: indoor dining spaces and bars; cafes in museums; dining halls and food courts; and places of entertainment, conventions and casinos where food is served. Learn more, including exceptions, from the City of Philadelphia.

San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge is the iconic symbol of San Francisco, one of the top tourist destinations in the United States with a vaccine mandate for many indoor activities.

The Golden Gate Bridge is the iconic symbol of San Francisco, one of the top tourist destinations in the United States with a vaccine mandate for many indoor activities.

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San Francisco, the darling of West Coast travel, requires proof of full vaccinations to visit bars, restaurants, gyms and other indoor entertainment establishments for guests 12 and older.

A negative Covid-19 test cannot be used in place of proof of vaccination in San Francisco.


Seattle requires patrons 12 and older to be able to show proof of full vaccination or present a negative Covid-19 test result to enter indoor restaurants and bars, indoor sporting events and indoor sporting events. outdoors with more than 500 people. Learn more about King County.

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Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday, Dec. 21, that the city will require proof of vaccination for restaurants, food halls, nightclubs, gymnasiums, concert halls, sports arenas and other places where people gather. customers 12 years and older.

On January 15, the vaccination obligation for places of assembly will come into force. Customers will be required to show proof of at least one dose.

From February 15, customers will need to show proof of two doses. Click on to learn more.

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