ST. LOUIS — With COVID-19 cases on the rise and mask mandates put in place in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, some restaurants and businesses are requiring guests to show proof of vaccination.
All of the businesses on our list are requiring guests dining indoors to show their vaccination card. Some are still offering outdoor dining for those who aren't vaccinated or don't have documentation.
Here is a list of businesses in the St. Louis area requiring proof of vaccination:
Apotheosis Comics & Lounge
Apotheosis Comics & Lounge tweeted all customers would need to show proof of vaccination to drink at the bar or remove masks while inside the store.
"We cannot – we WILL NOT – risk the health of our customers, our staff, and everyone’s families because of an irresponsible person who ignores the science and chooses to spread COVID-19 to others," the store tweeted.
On Thursday, The BAO shared a post on Instagram saying it is requiring proof of vaccination to dine inside the restaurant for the foreseeable future.
“We’re taking this step to keep our staff and patrons safe and we hope everyone will understand even if it seems like we're being overly cautious,” the restaurant wrote.
If guests forget to bring proof of vaccination, they can still dine outside on the patio or order curbside pickup.
Bengelina Hospitality Group
Earlier this week, Ben Poremba with the Bengelina Hospitality Group announced on social media that his group of restaurants will only accept indoor reservations for diners who are fully vaccinated. Those who aren’t vaccinated will still be able to dine outside.
Bengelina restaurants include Nixta and Bar Limon, Elaia, Olio, La Patisserie Chouquette, AO&Co Market and Cafe, and The Benevolent King. All restaurants are located in St. Louis and St. Louis County.
Beginning Sept. 1, all patrons, artists and staff at Blue Strawberry will be required to show proof of having at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccination. Either an original vaccination card, photocopy or photo on a phone will be accepted.
Starting Oct. 1, all patrons, artists and staff will be required to show proof of full vaccination, according to a press release.
“We at Blue Strawberry want to do what we can to protect ourselves and one other at this pivotal time. We want to continue to provide a space where people can gather to celebrate wonderful music, great food, refreshing beverages, and each other's company - as free as possible from worry about infection,” Blue Strawberry said in the release.
On August 9, The Gramophone posted on Instagram that it will require proof of COVID=19 vaccination for patrons. The move is in addition to requiring masks indoors while patrons are not seated.
"This was not an easy decision, but we feel this is a necessary measure we need to take," the post said.
The bar announced on Sept. 28 it's now requiring patrons to have proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test when visiting the establishment in The Grove. HandleBar wrote on social media they made the decision "after much consideration."
"Yes, we are serious. Yes, it's ok if it's on your phone. No, we don't want to argue about it," they wrote.
The Grove bar announced Saturday afternoon it will require proof to enter beginning immediately.
"This is to protect our staff and our customers. This is not a political issue. This is a safety issue," the bar wrote on social media, adding that it can't afford the threat of unvaccinated people exposing staff and guests.
Just John will accept the original vaccination card, a photocopy or a photo on your phone.
O’Connell’s Pub is requiring all of its guests to be vaccinated. The business made the announcement on its Instagram page on Thursday, Aug. 5.
In addition to not allowing guests to dine inside the pub if they’re not vaccinated, O’Connell’s is also not offering outside dining either.
“We don't want you to come and sit outside and then send a server to go out and wait on the people who are not vaccinated. No way. Just don't come to the pub, ever. It's not safe for you to come now or at any point in the future,” the pub wrote. “If you aren't vaccinated or don't plan to be vaccinated, don't come. Ever.”
Click here to read the full announcement.
The Pageant, Delmar Hall
Admission to both The Pageant and Delmar Hall will require proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 72 hours. Face masks are also still required to enter both venues.
“While we believe that most of our patrons are already vaccinated, our continuing goal is to provide as safe an environment as practically possible,” The Pageant said in an announcement on its Facebook page.
The policy is in effect until further notice.
2nd Shift Brewing
2nd Shift Brewing announced guests visiting its tasting room will be asked to show proof of vaccination. Guests are also required to wear masks when visiting indoors and when not seated at a table.
“This is for the safety of our staff, first and foremost – as well as the safety of our guests,” the brewery wrote on Twitter.
Rehab Saint Louis
On Thursday, Rehab Saint Louis shared a post on Facebook saying it is requiring proof of vaccination to enter the bar due to the delta variant being “more resilient against the vaccine and transmissible in all environments.”
“This has been a very hard decision for us but we need to do what is necessary to keep our employees and customers safe,” the post read. “For those of you who do not agree with it, we are sorry and hope to see you when this is all over. Stay safe!!”
Masks are also required inside the business, per the St. Louis mask mandate.
On Wednesday, The Royale made a post on its Instagram page saying proof of vaccination is required for indoor dining and seats at the bar. The restaurant does offer outdoor seating for guests who are not vaccinated or don’t have their card with them.
Tick Tock Tavern
Indoor dining will be reserved for people who can show proof of vaccination with the card or a photo of their card. All patrons and staff must wear masks indoors unless they are seated and drinking.
Patrons will need to show proof of vaccination to enter the property. Patrons without proof of vaccination can use the seating on the sidewalk outside.