While restaurants await details on President Biden’s national vaccine mandate, Seattle and several other sizeable markets are pushing ahead with inoculation requirements for dine-in customers.

Meanwhile, many eyes are on California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom has just survived a recall election scheduled in part because of his handling of the pandemic in the nation’s largest restaurant market. The governor has embraced limited mandates on certain sectors of the population. Some expect him to push for a universal requirement now that he’s won what’s seen by many political pundits as a validation of the Democrat’s aggressive approach.

The public health department serving Seattle and King County, the surrounding jurisdiction, issued an order Thursday that any patron looking to dine indoors will need to provide either proof of inoculation or negative results from a COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours.


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