Brookline to require COVID vaccine for restaurants, fitness centers, entertainment and more following Boston’s requirement

Brookline will soon require people to get a COVID-19 vaccine to enter restaurants, fitness centers, entertainment, and more.

New township requirements for those ages 12 and older will begin on January 15.

“No covered entity may allow any beneficiary to enter the building without showing evidence of vaccination,” the city regulation said.

This includes outdoor dining, the town said.

However, those who “enter for an express and limited purpose”, including using the restroom or making a delivery, are exempt. The town said emergency services personnel were also exempt.

The city said it will enforce the mandate with a $300 fine for those who do not comply.

After January 15, the city will continue to expand regulations in stages. Phase 1 only requires those 12 years of age or older to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But by February 22, everyone over age should get multiple doses or receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

By May 1, everyone over the age of five is required to “provide evidence of one dose in a single-dose series or all doses in a multiple-dose series.”

Boston has also begun to order a vaccine.

Mayor Michael Wu’s vaccine mandate begins on Saturday. People 12 years of age or older will need to show evidence of at least one vaccine dose to enter indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues. By February 15, evidence of two doses of the vaccine is required.

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