Hamptonites looking for a night in the town this summer might have to reconsider if they have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Page Six reported that the Buddha Lounge will now be requiring guests to present a vaccination card upon entry.
Buddha Lounge, owned by Tukish native Zach Erdem, is set to open Memorial Day weekend. Southampton residents eager for a fun night out this summer will not only have to provide an ID at the door, but also a vaccination card. Entry will be especially difficult, as Erdem has been known for his restaurants attracting the likes of Barbara Walters, Kelly Ripa, and even President Joe Biden (Hamptons.com).
This will likely not be the last store or restaurant to require vaccination cards at the door. New York has recently released the Excelsior Pass allowing people to digitally present proof of vaccination on their mobile devices (New York State Department of Health).
The pass is part of New York’s effort to safely reopen public places. Erdem’s Buddha Lounge will begin requiring proof of vaccination when they open their doors this coming Memorial Day weekend. Page Six previously reported that two of Erdem’s restaurants, 75 Main and Blue Mar, lost their liquor licenses due to ignoring Covid safety protocols and selling alcohol to those who are underage. Staff found responsible were fired at both locations.
Investigators observed customers and employees ignoring social distancing guidelines and not wearing facial coverings. Additionally, an underage agent was put in a position to purchase alcohol without being asked for identification on two separate occasions. Despite this, both restaurants have been reunited with their liquor licenses for the time being (Page Six).
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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