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Washington DC COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement to Get Started – NBC4 Washington

Washington DC COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement to Get Started - NBC4 Washington

Beginning Saturday at 6 a.m., anyone wishing to visit establishments, including restaurants, gyms, music venues and theaters in Washington, DC, must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

DC’s eligibility requirement for the COVID-19 vaccine, known as VaxDC, applies to almost anyone aged 12, but there are medical or religious exceptions.

A valid photo ID and vaccination certificate are required to enter many covered meeting places. A mask mandate is also in effect.

Here’s what you need to know about the vaccine entry requirement.

Where is proof of vaccine required in Washington, DC?

Vaccinations are required in many places where people gather indoors, including:

  • Indoor food and beverage outlets, including restaurants, nightclubs, taverns, dining halls, food courts, breweries, wineries, distillery tasting rooms, dining halls, and cafes in other establishments.
  • Indoor cultural and entertainment establishments, including concert halls, sports venues, movie theaters, pool and billiard halls, bowling alleys, cigar bars, hookah bars and adult entertainment venues.
  • Indoor sports and recreation facilities, including gyms and fitness studios.
  • Covered event and meeting places, including hotel meeting rooms, banquet halls, conference center meeting facilities, event halls, convention centers, auditoriums, and shared work facilities that host events.

Capital An Arena is one of the major venues making the requirement.

Private parties at the above-mentioned branches must comply with this, DC states.

The DC Department of Health may designate other institutions as needed.

What are the DC proof of vaccination requirements?

Customers must present (1) valid ID and (2) vaccination certificate to enter locations under the VaxDC mandate.

The vaccination certificate must show that you have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. After February 15 you have to be fully vaccinated.

DC’s mandate does not require you to show proof of vaccination when entering an establishment briefly, such as to pick up an order or go to the bathroom.

What is a valid vaccination certificate and acceptable ID in DC?

DC says these are valid ways to prove vaccination:

  • A CDC-issued vaccination card (original, photocopy, a digital copy, or photo on a mobile device)
  • Registration of immunization from a healthcare professional or public health agency
  • A COVID-19 verification app (read more about the app option)
  • Vaccination report from the World Health Organization

Acceptable photo IDs include:

  • State-issued driver’s license or limited-purpose driver’s license
  • Any other state-issued ID card
  • Passport
  • DC One Card
  • Student ID
  • Permanent residence permit

Who does the admission requirement for the vaccine apply to?

Anyone 12 years and older attempting to enter certain indoor establishments unless they have a medical or religious clearance and a negative COVID-19 test.

Employees of locations covered by the VaxDC program are not required to show proof of vaccination to go to work.

Regulatory employees, maintenance workers or delivery personnel are not required to show proof of vaccination to enter a facility.

Which D.C. Companies Don’t Have Vaccine Admission Requirements?

Here is the list of DC’s exempt establishments:

  • Grocery stores, farmers markets and establishments offering charitable food services
  • Houses of worship
  • Hotels, except meeting rooms, ballrooms and hotel restaurants and bars
  • Homeless shelters and other human services facilities
  • Healthcare institutions and pharmacies
  • Private meeting rooms in office or residential buildings
  • Gyms and fitness facilities available only to residents of residential buildings or employees in officers
  • Law enforcement buildings and government offices such as the Department of Motor Vehicles

The requirement does not apply to outdoor facilities such as parks or outdoor beer gardens.

Museums and libraries are not included in the vaccination requirement, but certain events at such locations would be subject to the mandate.

Residential buildings, such as condos, condos, or dorms, are also not included, as are school or college campuses. However, many DC universities require vaccinations within their communities.

Are there any exceptions to the DC vaccine entry requirement?

The admission requirement applies to persons of 12 years and older. Children who recently turned 12 aren’t exempt, because the vaccine is available to anyone ages 5 and older, DC says.

DC’s mandate does not require you to show proof of vaccination if you are briefly entering an establishment, such as to pick up a takeout order or use the bathroom.

There are exceptions for people who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons or genuine religious beliefs.

DC says people in any of those groups should provide documentation of their medical condition or religious belief, along with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours.

What if I have forgotten a valid vaccination certificate or a valid ID, or am not vaccinated without a covered exemption?

Companies can only serve customers without a vaccination certificate outside. Customers wearing a face mask can briefly enter the company to gain access to the outdoor area, pay at the cash register, pick up takeaway meals or use the toilet.

Customers without a vaccination certificate cannot be served indoors or participate in indoor activities.

Can I show a negative COVID-19 test instead?

No, a negative COVID-19 test is not an alternative to a vaccination certificate for most people.

A negative virus test is required for anyone with a medical or religious clearance.

What should companies covered by the mandate do?

Companies subject to the eligibility requirements are expected to put up signs notifying people of the mandate.

They are also instructed to check IDs to verify a vaccine card at the entrance to the company.

Companies don’t need to keep records of your vaccine status, DC says.

How is the requirement enforced?

Several agencies, including DC Health and the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, are sending staff to audit companies.

Penalties for failing to make “good faith efforts” to comply can result in fines of up to $1,000 or loss of a business license.

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