Another Kansas City area business is requiring customers to show that they have been vaccinated to get service as the region is trying to overcome another outbreak of COVID-19.
Big Mood Natural Wines, a wine bar located in the city’s Crossroads neighborhood, announced on Facebook Wednesday that the business was making the decision in light of the delta variant’s continued spread through the community.
The shop said that anyone who wanted to partake in its wine tastings or enjoy a glass while visiting the shop would need to provide proof of vaccination by showing an official document or a photograph of one. If someone is unable to provide that proof, the shop’s owner said they are more than welcome to drink wine on the patio. Big Mood said it will continue to require customers to wear masks while inside the shop and speaking with staff, unless they are actively drinking.
The wine bar joins others in Kansas City that have recently started requiring bona fide vaccination proof. A handful of bars and restaurants made similar rules on Monday, when the city’s latest mask mandate took effect.
The delta variant has been the primary driver of new cases in the metropolitan area as well as the nation as of late. On Wednesday, the Kansas City metro area breached 1,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since January.
Hospitalizations and deaths are also on the rise. And emergency rooms are packed to the point that some hospitals have started asking people not to visit the ER unless they have a serious medical emergency.
In response to the surge, Kansas City reinstated a mask mandate that applies to anyone over the age of 5, regardless of vaccination status. Everyone is supposed to wear masks in public indoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Correction: This story has been updated to clarify Big Moods Natural Wines proof of vaccination requirements and offerings.