Citing concerns over the spread of the Delta variant, Detroit’s Marble Bar will begin to require patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to gain admittance to the venue.
The popular New Center spot for live music, cocktails, and events said the new rules will take effect Friday, July 30. COVID tests must be complete within 48 hours, according to a post on the bar’s Instagram page on Monday evening. It was later added to its Twitter account.
“The Delta variant has proven to be more resilient against the vaccine and more transmissible in all environments. As an establishment aiming to bring people close together, we feel it is our duty to limit transmission and proliferation of Covid-19 in any way possible so that the party can continue,” the post reads.
A representative for the venue was unable to be reached Monday.
Confirmed coronavirus cases reached a six-week high over the weekend, with state officials on Friday, July 23, reporting 1,295 new cases over the previous three days.
Nearly 62 percent of the state’s adult population has received at least one vaccination against COVID, as of Friday, according to state data. Detroit continues to lag the state, with just 39.5 percent reporting receiving a shot.
A recent study from the University of Michigan found that eight in 10 unvaccinated Detroiters who were surveyed have concerns about the safety of the vaccine.
Across the nation, a growing number of restaurants and bars are requiring proof of vaccination or negative test results to enter. In San Francisco on Monday, a group that represents nearly 500 bars said customers will be required to show proof of vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test showing a negative result in order to drink inside. The group, the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance, confirmed to NBC News that its members would be implementing the new rules starting Thursday.
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