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Some bars and restaurants in Boston, Cambridge asking customers to show proof of vaccination

The Middle East restaurant in Cambridge will require customers to provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Some bars and restaurants in Boston and Cambridge are now asking customers to show proof of vaccination during the latest surge in COVID-19 infections.

The Middle East restaurant and nightclub in Cambridge announced its new rule in a Facebook post Tuesday.

“With the Delta variant currently ripping through the country, The Middle East has made the tough decision to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination as part of entry requirements to our shows and to eat at our restaurants for the time being,” the restaurant wrote. “We will be following the numbers and information out there and hope this is not a long-term policy, but for now, it feels like the right thing to do.”


The Middle East said a COVID-19 vaccination card or a photograph of a vaccination card will be “sufficient proof” to gain admittance.

“We have all suffered enough and we hope you choose to get vaccinated if you have not already. Thank you so much for understanding and please stay safe,” the restaurant wrote.

Jacques Cabaret, a popular drag club in Boston’s Bay Village neighborhood, said maskless customers must show proof of vaccination starting Aug. 6.

“Due to the recent uptick in the Delta variant we have decided that for the safety of our cast, employees, and audience we will be requiring proof of vaccination to be maskless at all shows starting August 6,” the club wrote on Facebook. “If you do not wish to show your vaccination card or are not vaccinated we will be requiring that you remain masked throughout the night. We will also have masks on hand for anyone who needs or wants one.”

The Plough and Stars in Cambridge has been asking patrons to show proof of vaccination to attend live performances.

“The safety and health of our music attendees — and our Cambridge community at large — is a vital concern,” the venue wrote in a July 26 Facebook post.


At Pagu in Cambridge, proof of vaccination is required to dine indoors and masks must be worn inside the building.

“Guests must show proof of vaccination along with a government-issued photo ID to be seated at an indoor table,” the restaurant’s website states. “Unfortunately, there will be no exceptions to this policy for indoor seating. Masks must be worn inside the building when not actively eating or drinking by everyone, even if you are fully vaccinated.”

At Grendel’s Den in Harvard Square, customers aren’t allowed to sit indoors during peak hours without proof of vaccination.

“Patrons will be asked for proof of vaccination prior to being served or seated indoors when restaurant capacity reaches 50 or more patrons,” according to the restaurant’s website. “We will accept vaccine cards or photos of vaccine cards as proof of vaccination.”

Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.