‘We had no idea’: Why most St. Paul diners won’t need to show their COVID vaccination status – WCCO
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (WCCO) – Change is on the menu at many Twin Cities restaurants, with requirements starting Wednesday for customers to have a negative COVID-19 vaccine or test.
However, a little-known rule adds to the confusion for St. Paul spots.
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Cecil’s Deli put a sign in its doors informing customers of the new requirements. Evana Kvasnik’s family has owned Cecil’s for four generations.
“Some have forgotten [vaccine cards] and they ordered to leave instead, which I was really grateful for because we need support,” Kvasnik said.
Mayor Melvin Carter’s executive order states that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours must be shown at city-approved businesses where food or drink is served at the interior.
In fact, the order does not apply to Cecil’s, or most restaurants in St. Paul.
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“We had no idea,” Kvasnik said.
All 754 restaurants in the city are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health. St. Paul handles liquor licensing, so only those restaurants that also serve alcohol need to apply for vaccination cards or a negative test. This includes bars. The city estimates its order only applies to about a third of restaurants in St. Paul.
Cecil will decide if he will maintain his demand.
“It’s not a mandate anymore, it’s more like it’s something we want to do,” Kvasnik said.
Minneapolis has no similar exceptions as all of its restaurants are city-licensed.
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In the twin cities, warrants only apply to people 5 years and older.