Many owners in the catering sector are creating special zones for people who have already been vaccinated against covid-19. The reason? Customers want to feel that they are living in the world again before the pandemic.
The separation of areas and places for those vaccinated against covid-19 is the latest trend of the New York night, says an article in the newspaper New York Post. Many industry owners argue that they are creating these special zones to give customers the chance to feel like they are back in the world before the pandemic.
“Once everything starts to reopen, people want to get back to a sense of normalcy,” explains AJ Bontempo, owner of the Carroll Place gastropub in the West Village, who will start reserving the main floor of the establishment only for vaccinated people.
From the perspective of restaurateur, this is also a way of “rewarding people who decided to get vaccinated”.
In the same vein, comedy club Carolines on Broadway is also booking the best places for those who have already been inoculated against the new coronavirus. “The easiest way to get the best seats in the house? Get Vaccinated!”, appealed Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the business.
The American explained that, with people not vaccinated, the establishment has to obey the rules of distance, which forces it to drastically reduce its capacity. Therefore, in the future, some shows will be exclusively for vaccinated customers.
For the experts consulted for this publication, it seems that we are talking about the new sections for smokers and non-smokers, but these new ones do not make much sense.
On the one hand, state regulations prohibit places for less than 250 people from requesting proof of vaccination, which means that anyone can say they have already been vaccinated to get the best places.
On the other hand, experts say that, even if these businesses could impose such a thing, the risk of contracting the disease, especially in unvaccinated people, cannot be reduced by social distance in a closed area.
Speaking to the newspaper, epidemiologist Stephanie Silvera, professor of public health and specialist in social distancing at Montclair State University, recalls that people are still susceptible to contracting covid-19 if they are in a small space and, therefore, warns that must wear mask when not eating or drinking.