Food and Drink

Soon You'll Need Proof of Vaccination to Visit Boston Restaurants

The new mandate goes into effect early next year.


Bostonians will soon be required to show proof of vaccination before visiting local bars, restaurants, and other indoor venues.

Starting January 15, at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to dine or drink indoors, and the policy will expand to require that guests are fully vaccinated on February 15, the city announced Monday. The new mandate does not apply to other local communities like Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville-but those areas are expected to roll out their own requirements.

“For too many months and years, our businesses have been forced to act on their own,” Mayor Michelle Wu said at a press conference on Monday. “Many have already implemented proof of vaccination independently. Now we are setting clear standards that provide straightforward guidance for businesses and ease that burden.”In addition to restaurants and bars, gyms, theaters, sports arenas, and other entertainment facilities are also required to comply with the mandate. Employees of these establishments will also be required to be vaccinated.

When the requirement goes into effect, children under 12 will be exempt from the mandate, but starting March 1, children ages 5 to 11 will also be required to show proof of vaccination.

The move to require proof of vaccination pushes Boston in line with cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia that implemented the requirement earlier this year.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Liz Provencher is an associate editor at Thrillist.

Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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