U.S. Cities and States with COVID Restrictions due to Omicron Cases

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U.S. Cities and States with COVID Restrictions due to Omicron Cases

U.S. Cities with COVID Restrictions due to Omicron Cases

Due a rise in COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant, several U.S. cities and at least one state have new restrictions in place. Before planning a trip, be sure you understand the restrictions in place and evaluate whether you still can or want to travel. Here’s a look.

California 

There is a mask mandate for all indoor areas. This is set to expire on January 15, 2021, unless this date is extended.

Hawaii

Visitors must provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test result to bypass a 10-day quarantine.

Puerto Rico

Attending mass events like sports and theaters requires proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test result from the last 48 hours. Additionally, all places serving food and drinks require proof of vaccination or a negative test result from within 48 hours.

Boston

Starting January 15, 2022, the city’s vaccine mandate will require anyone over age 12 to show proof of vaccination to enter a bar, restaurant, gym, or sports arena. Those with partial vaccination can still go to these places until February 15, 2022. After this date, partial vaccination will no longer be sufficient.

Chicago

Starting January 3, 2022, proof of full vaccination will be required for anyone over age 6. This applies at restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, and other entertainment places.

Los Angeles

The city-wide vaccine mandate for restaurants started on November 20, 2021.

New Orleans

Proof of vaccination (partial is sometimes accepted) or a negative COVID test will be required at bars, restaurants, music venues, and other entertainment venues.

New York City

The restrictions related to the Key to NYC program were tightened on December 27. Anyone 12 and old must provide proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, theaters, and other indoor businesses. Children age 5 and over must show proof of at least 1 dose.

Philadelphia

The vaccine mandate starts January 3, 2022. Any indoor space serving food and drinks, as well as theaters, will require proof of vaccination. For the first 2 weeks only, proof of a negative COVID test result will also be accepted. Only proof of full vaccination will be sufficient after January 18, 2022.

San Francisco

The vaccine mandate started back on August 20, 2021. Proof of full vaccination is required to go to gyms, bars, restaurants, and other indoor businesses.

Seattle

The city’s vaccine mandate applies to bars, restaurants, and indoor sports events. It also applies to outdoor sports events with more than 500 people. Under this requirement, you must provide proof of full vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID test result.

Washington, D.C.

Starting January 15, 2022, anyone over age 12 will need to show proof of at least partial vaccination to enter gyms, cultural and entertainment venues, restaurants, bars, and public areas. On February 15, 2022, full vaccination will be required. Places of worship and museums will have exemptions.

Ryan Smith
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  1. In Puerto Rico, there is a vaccine requirement:
    As of December 22nd, 2021, those attending mass events (both indoors and outdoors taking place at theaters, amphitheaters, coliseums, stadiums, and convention centers) will be required to present proof of vaccination with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine and also a negative COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken in the 48 hours prior to the event.
    As of December 27th, 2021, all establishments serving food or drinks must require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) taken 48 hours prior to arrival.
    As of December 27th, 2021, all passengers arriving on domestic flights are required to show a negative COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR performed by an authorized health provider) result taken within 48 hours before arrival time, regardless of vaccination status. Passengers arriving without a test will have 48 hours to take one upon arrival or be subject to a fine. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 7 days after arriving, regardless of whether they have a negative test result.
    Things To Know: Island Arrival
    Mask usage is a federal law on airplanes and in airports. Those entering any of the Island’s three open airports, whether on commercial or private aircraft, are required to fill out a Travel Declaration Form on the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal, which produces a QR code to proceed. Passengers need to present ID to ensure alignment with the Travel Declaration Form. For questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or infoviajeros@salud.pr.gov.

  2. LOL at mandates. They are the cities with the worst spread.

    So much vaccination, and omicron targets that.

    I won’t do business in, or visit cities with these mandates.
    Happily moving from a blue state to Texas, to be free and lower my taxes.

    • agree …….I cant have the vaccination due to previous vaccine issues……..so these places are off my list. San Fran makes me laugh have cant go to eat unless you have a vaccine, but smash and grab and steal a bunch of shot no vaccine nazis there ,lol

  3. Wow @Chris beat me to that comment. It’s like pissing into the wind and telling us to wear a raincoat so you don’t get any on you. A virus like Covid is serious but really can’t be prevented by mask rules and lockdowns for the general public.

  4. Biden told us he had a plan – I just don’t know why he’s not implemented the plan yet. Trump suggested that Americans would in time just need to learn to live with COVID and take the vaccines as they came. Biden said that living with COVID was not an option. Last week I read where he’s turned this over to the states and washed his hands of it. Seems like a cowardly move to me. In addition he said that if a president presided over 250,000 deaths due to the pandemic that they are not fit to serve. Since his taking office there are far more than 250K in deaths and Biden had a plan and three vaccines. If he believed what he said, shouldn’t he resign?

    Just back from Alabama. COVIDs rising there, but people are living normally from what I saw. About 20% are masking up across the area in inside places. No one with masks outside that I saw. R

    • The people who are dying now are largely unvaccinated. That’s not Biden’s fault. I’m glad Trump has finally spoken up about the benefits of the vaccine. It’s a shame he’s waited so long. If he had strongly promoted the vaccine from early on, more of his followers would have gotten vaccinated. Get vaccinated and you will weather this. Don’t get vaccinated and play Russian roulette.

  5. You failed to mentioned all these mandates ate in liberal cities that people are fleeing in droves… isn’t it something if you look at the overall numbers they are mostly the same throughout the country this bs really works… get ready for sky high taxes to mske up for all the people leaving to go to free states!

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