Some San Diego restaurants move to require COVID-19 vaccination proof for customers –

SAN DIEGO – Some San Diego area restaurants are starting to require their customers show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for indoor service.

That’s the policy for customers at Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café & Cantina in Bankers Hill. For unvaccinated customers, owner Jimmy Carter said they’re allowed to eat at the restaurant’s outdoor dining patio.

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Carter, who is fully vaccinated, says he’s lost some important people due to COVID-19.

“I lost one of my favorite bridge partners, Father Ben — he died of COVID,” Carter said. “My sister had it. I know of people who have died.”

Customer John Borja told FOX 5 he feels comfortable dining in a place requiring vaccine verification. He said he carries his vaccination card in his wallet and has had to show it just one other time at a hospital.

“It’s something to worry about,” Borja said. “We are not talking about the flu. We’re talking about this virus that is deadly.”

Starting Friday, Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill in Hillcrest is requiring anyone who wants to enter to show proof of vaccination.

“Anyone who comes into our business needs to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours,” said Matt Ramon, part owner of the establishment.

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The decision at Carter’s has caused some backlash, but Carter said he would rather keep employees and customers safe in a tumultuous time.

“Did I lose some (customers)? Yeah, I did,” he said. “Do I want to lose them? Not really, but I think business owners I believe have to step up and say ‘Hey, enough is enough, guys.’”

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