January 14, 2022

Buffalo bars do not require proof of vaccination at this time

(BUFFALO, NY) WKBW – Some private companies require customers to show proof of vaccination, others follow the honor system.

“We have decided to be responsible and only allow people here at the Marcella club if you are vaccinated,” said Marcella club owner Joe Marcella.

Marcella said this policy only lasted for a month.

“I had to give up, Chippewa was busy, Allentown was busy and I was only quarter full,” said Marcella.

In New York City, proof of vaccination is now required for restaurants and indoor gyms. A Rochester bar decided to follow suit.

“I want people to really be able to come to this place knowing it’s safe because we can eventually do it,” said Karrie Laughton, owner of Lux Bar in Rochester.

Misuta Chow’s on Main Street will not refuse people who do not show proof of vaccination. But they will force customers to wear a mask if they don’t.

“And it is absolutely, under current law, legal,” said legal analyst Florina Altshiler.

Misuta Chow said they believe the honor system is irresponsible. Altshiler said it was not a violation of HIPAA law or anyone’s rights.

“They say you can’t go into their facility unless you’re vaccinated, they’re not telling you you need to go get the shot,” Altshiler said.

Marcella said he doesn’t plan to restore his vaccine needs unless he can be sure it won’t cost him business.

“It gave us so many problems and headaches,” Marcella said. “Everyone does it, or no one does, that’s it, simple.”

A dozen other local bars and breweries said they did not require proof of vaccination at this time, around half said they were following the honor system, but some said that could change.


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