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Vax Perks & Reqs

In Buzz, September 2021 by Lauren Kruchten1 Comment

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The new ID? You’ll need proof of vaccination to get into these local restaurants, bars and events—but there are extra perks to having that vax card.

Need another reason to get vaccinated? Many local restaurants, bars and events won’t let you in without a vax card (a pic is fine, FYI). Durham businesses kicked off the trend in early August after the Bull City reinstated its mask mandate, and Raleigh hot spots are following their lead (nod to Players Retreat with its fun “I am vaxxed!” buttons!). 

The NC Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) is providing restaurants across the state access to best practices when it comes to enforcing a vaccine policy. The website states that restaurants asking for proof of vaccination does not violate HIPAA because “HIPAA only applies to entities within the health care field, and it does not prohibit asking questions about someone‘s health.” For those who are not vaccinated, the site recommends seating them outside or preparing their orders to-go. 

As for the events industry, Live Nation is letting each individual performer/band decide whether or not attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test. Maroon 5 (Sept. 15 at Coastal Credit Union Music Park) and The Killers (Sept. 27 at Red Hat Amphitheater) have already announced they will be requiring guests to provide a vax card or negative test. 

Here, we provide a growing list of Triangle businesses and events requiring a vax card (as of press time). Translation: You have a spot, get your shot!

• Players Retreat, Village District,

• Garland, Fayetteville Street District,

• The Wine Feed, Glenwood South,

• Ruby Deluxe, Fayetteville Street District,

• Corpse Reviver Bar & Lounge, Durham,

• Rue Cler, Durham,

• Hunky Dory, Durham,

• Kingfisher, Durham,

• Pizzeria Toro, Durham,

• Alley Twenty Six, Durham,

• Jack Tar & The Colonel’s Daughter, Durham,

• Hunky Dory, Durham,

• Pizzeria Mercato, Carrboro,

• Yonder Bar, Hillsborough,

• IBMA World of Bluegrass, Sept. 28–Oct. 2, Raleigh,

• Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke University), Durham,

• Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Fayetteville Street District, – Starting Oct. 1

• Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Southeast Raleigh, – Starting Oct. 4

• The Ritz, Midtown East, – Starting Oct. 4

Vax Perks

Several Triangle businesses want to award you for getting your shot (and showing it off so you can still support local!).

Unscripted Durham is offering a Shot for a Shot for those who have received their vax. Every Thursday night on The Patio, the hotel’s rooftop space, guests can show proof of vaccination to get a free shot from the bar. Cheers to that!

Donut “glaze” by this one. Krispy Kreme is still giving out free original glazed doughnuts to anyone who shows their vaccination card (limit one per day, unfortunately).

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