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Cities roll back restaurant vaccine mandates as omicron sputters

Chicago, New York, Seattle and a number of other jurisdictions are modifying the safety protocols. But masks are not disappearing.

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Restaurants to governments: Ditch the mask mandates, but to-go booze can stay

As omicron ebbs, the industry is leaning on governments to end some emergency measures and make others permanent.

The emergency requirement was technically downgraded into a proposed rule, meaning it still could be adopted, but only through the usual prolonged process.

Hours after the Supreme Court struck down a mandate that employees of large companies be vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Labor indicated it would urge companies to make the move on their own volition.

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The matter is still not dead because of pending deliberations at the circuit-court level, but the nation's highest court said it expects the requirement to be shot down.

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While the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates, the state is mandating compliance, starting Feb. 24.

Boston and Chicago are both limiting dine-in service to guests who can prove they've been vaccinated against COVID-19, and Oakland is expected to follow.

Employees will now have until Jan. 10 to provide proof of vaccination, and until Feb. 9 if they opt for testing.

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