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(CNN) — If you want to enjoy an indoor meal, drinks or entertainment in some of the most popular urban escapes in the United States, you better have proof of vaccination or, in some cases, at least a negative result from a recent Covid-19 test with you.

Some big tourism spots, such as New York City, have already had mandates in place for months. But with the highly infectious Omicron variant of coronavirus rapidly spreading, more US cities are introducing restrictions. Washington, DC, announced Wednesday, December 22, that it’s joining that list of places imposing mandates (see more below).

It’s a good thing to keep in mind, especially if you’re traveling from a part of the country that isn’t as strict about masks, testing and vaccines.

As of December 21, here are some of the major US destinations that are already outlining mandates regarding vaccination and testing or have announced plans to do so soon:


Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced Monday, December 20, that her city would be requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for indoor dining, fitness venues, theaters and arenas.

The mandate will apply to patrons and employees and will come online in phases.

For people 12 and older, proof of a single dose of vaccine will be required starting January 15. Proof of full vaccination will be required February 15. Learn more at Boston.gov, including acceptable ways to show proof of vaccination.


The nation’s third-largest city will require proof of vaccination for most businesses that serve food or drinks starting January 3, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday, December 21.

The new requirement will be in effect for anyone 6 and older at restaurants, gyms, theaters, bars, and other entertainment and sporting venues that serve food and drinks, she said in a news conference.

All patrons must be fully vaccinated to enter these establishments, she said, and there will be no testing option. Unvaccinated employees of these venues will have a test-out option, according to Lightfoot.

Grocery stores, schools, places of worship, office buildings and residential buildings are exempt. Learn more at Chicago.gov.

Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, all customers served in the indoor part of a food or beverage establishment and other types of indoor venues must show proof of full vaccination before entry. Enforcement began on November 29.

Also, California now requires universal masking in indoor public settings through January 15, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced last week. Learn more from the California Department of Health.

New Orleans

Want to drink at a French Quarter bar in New Orleans? You need to have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter.

Want to drink at a French Quarter bar in New Orleans? You need to have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter.

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Down in the Gulf region, foodie and party favorite New Orleans also has a mandate in place.

Anyone 12 or older must have proof of at least one vaccine shot — or a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken in the past 72 hours — to enter indoor restaurants, bars, music halls, indoor sports…


Read More: DC joins other big US tourist cities turning to indoor vaccine or testing

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