November 28, 2021

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Vaccine or testing proof required at Palm Springs bars, restaurants

There’s a new motto when it comes to indoor dining in Palm Springs: No shoes, no shirt, no vaccine card or negative COVID-19 test, no service. 

The city’s mandate officially went into effect Thursday, requiring patrons at indoor restaurants or bars to show proof of vaccination or a 72-hour negative COVID-19 test. Enforcement is up to individual establishments. 

Some places, such as the bars on Arenas Road, have had the requirement in place for weeks now. But others across the city decked out their storefronts with signs letting customers know what was expected of them if they wanted to sit indoors. 

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Like with other requirements and restrictions related to the pandemic, there were mixed feelings and reactions among both customers and staff.

Vaccinated dine-in guests are seen seated for lunch at Manhattan in the Desert, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Palm Springs.

On Thursday at Manhattan in the Desert,several signs were displayed inside and outside of the restaurant notifying people of the requirement. A few customers had to run out and fetch their cards from their cars, Manager Kimberly Guzman said, while one customer asked if Guzman could just “take their word” that he wasvaccinated. The answer was no.

“We’re taking (the mandate) seriously,” Guzman said, who recently lost a longtime staff member to COVID-19, and who was sick herself. One sign read: “Not vaccinated, no entry.”