Bar Max reopens doors but requires proof of COVID vaccination for indoor dining.
After a long closure during the pandemic, Bar Max in Denver reopened its doors, but only to indoor dining customers who have proof of a COVID vaccination. KCTV5 reported, owner, Marshall Smith is requiring any patrons who want to drink inside of the bar to provide proof of vaccination. The outdoor seating, as well as the takeout option, is available to all.
"We are not refusing service to anyone. We still have takeout options, we still have a patio, what we are saying is in order to sit down and enjoy a cocktail, we're asking that you be vaccinated."
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Smith has elderly parents and a brother with health concerns whom he cares for, and the risk of getting COVID was far too great. Many employees were relieved by his decision, but it has been met with mixed reviews from people on Bar Max's Facebook page:
Smith points out that his business is not frontline work or "essential," so he adds, "if you don't feel comfortable doing that, don't come." Smith adds that he's just trying to keep the community safe.
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