Danny Meyer’s Union Sq. Hospitality Group to require indoor diners present proof of Covid photographs

Danny Meyer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group LLC, listens to an interview with Bloomberg Television in New York, United States, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

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Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group will require indoor diners and drinkers in their restaurants to provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against Covid. The mandate also applies to existing employees and new hires.

The announcement Meyer made on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” comes as concerns over the rise in the highly contagious Delta variant, and US officials are trying to combat the reluctance and resistance of some Americans to take Covid vaccines.

Meyer, founder of Shake Shack and chairman of the board of directors of the fast casual chain, said the company will make its own decisions regarding vaccines.

“Shake Shack will make the right decision for you at the right time,” he said.

A number of government and private sector bodies have taken a tougher stance on employee vaccination needs in recent days. Some believe that vaccination rates in the US slowed dramatically after they peaked in the spring in an attempt to increase vaccination rates.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 57% of the US population have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine and 49.3% are fully vaccinated.

Coronavirus cases have risen in the past few weeks, which has led the CDC to reverse their previous mask guide. The health department now recommends fully vaccinated Americans in places with high Covid infection rates to wear face coverings indoors again.

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