After Mayor Quinton Lucas’ mask mandate went into effect last week, a handful of bars, restaurants and businesses in Kansas City decided to take extra precautions, requiring patrons to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entry.

In response to the rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Kansas City, at least five businesses have announced their new restriction including Hamburger Mary’s, Woody’s, KC Improv Company, The Ship and Big Mood Natural Wines.

On August 5 alone, Kansas City recorded more than 1,000 new cases, the highest number of cases in one day since January.

Big Mood Natural Wines, a wine bar in the Crossroads neighborhood announced that visitors must now show an official vaccination document or a picture of one. Those who have not been vaccinated are asked to sit outside and wear a mask when speaking to servers.

After 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, visitors at The Ship in the West Bottoms will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated or proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the last 48 hours. The bar said they will be asking for government issued identification to match the name on the vaccination proof or test.

“Due to the recent upward trend in COVID-19 cases, we are implementing the following policy to keep our staff, customers, musicians and DJs safe,” said a statement from the bar.

Starting Aug. 6, the KC Improv Company will only be allowing vaccinated people to attend their shows.

“This allows us to perform on stage without masks. All of the performers we put on stage are vaccinated,” said KC Improv in a statement. “A foundation of improv is support and respect for the people around you. In that spirit, let’s all help one another, protect one another and defeat the virus.”

KC Improv will offer refunds to those who have already purchased tickets to upcoming shows and cannot attend.

LGBTQ bars Hamburger Mary’s and Woody’s are requiring either the original vaccination certificate or a high-resolution photo of it and photo identification. They’re also asking other local businesses to enact the same restrictions.

“This is not a political decision. This is a decision that we feel is the moral requirement to help safeguard our staff, guests and their families from exposure to the Covid-19 virus. We do not apologize for our stance in this matter,” the bars’ statement said. “If you want to come to our establishment—and more importantly, if you want to defeat this virus that has plagued us for the last 18 months–please get vaccinated.”

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