To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the District of Columbia is launching a city wide vaccination entry requirement (VaxDC), which calls for establishments to verify that patrons are vaccinated against COVID-19.
On January 15, 2022, per Mayor’s Order 2021-148, the District of Columbia will adopt a city wide vaccination entry requirement that requires COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor facilities within the city.
Timeline for Vaccine Requirements
January 15, 2022: one dose for ages 12+
February 15, 2022: fully vaccinated for ages 12+
Indoor food and drink establishments, such as:
- Coffee shops
- Food halls
Indoor cultural and entertainment establishments, such as:
- Concert, live entertainment and sporting venues
- Movie theatres
- Bowling alleys
Indoor exercise and recreational establishments, such as:
- Fitness studios
- Any facilities used for group fitness classes
Indoor event and meeting establishments, such as:
Beginning on January 15, 2022, businesses shall display prominently, visible to patrons prior to entry, a notice informing patrons that proof of vaccination is required to enter any indoor portion of a covered location.
Sample advisory notices are available for download in PDF format below.
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Proof of Vaccination
Before patrons can access the indoor portion of the business, a business is required to check the patron’s proof of vaccination.
One of the following options will demonstrate proof of vaccination:
- A physical Center for Disease Control (CDC) Vaccination Card
- A digital copy/photo of a CDC Vaccination Card
- A COVID-19 Verification App such as VaxYes or CLEAR