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Mr. Goodbar to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination

As of Tuesday, Nov. 23, customers at Mr. Goodbar in the City of Buffalo will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Mr. Goodbar in the City of Buffalo says it will now require its customers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

According to a post on Mr. Goodbar's official Facebook page, this requirement officially goes into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The post went on to say that face masks are encouraged, but customers will not be mandated to wear a mask at the establishment.

This requirement comes one day after Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced a mask mandate for all indoor public locations in Erie County. That mandate went into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 6 a.m. According to the county executive, this measure is part of a four phase approach. 

Phase two of the plan would require vaccines to enter indoor dining, bars and entertainment venues. Implementation of this phase would be put in place if COVID-19 case data, case rates and hospitalizations continue to rise even after the implementation of the mask mandate. 

According to the county, these numbers will be reevaluated in three weeks on Dec. 13. However, if there is a dramatic increase in cases and hospitalizations implementation of phase two could happen sooner.

Following Mr. Goodbar's announcement, another Buffalo business says it's also requiring proof of vaccination. Jack Rabbit, located at 1010 Elmwood Avenue in the City of Buffalo, announced Tuesday on Facebook that it will be requiring proof of vaccination effective immediately. 

In the Facebook post, Jack Rabbit said in part, "Per Erie County regulations, in order to continue to provide live music with mask-free vocalists, we need to require proof of vax at the door." Much like Mr. Goodbar, Jack Rabbit says masks are encouraged in the venue; however, they will not be required in the building.