A restaurant owner in Georgia decided to serve customers who were fully vaccinated.
The decision came after Armando Celentano and some of his staff, all fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19.
The owner told WSB-TV he would enforce the policy using “No Vax, No Service” signs.
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A restaurant owner in Atlanta, Georgia decided to serve only fully vaccinated customers.
The restaurant announced the rule on Instagram earlier this week, posting a “No vax, no service” sign aimed at reducing the spread of the virus inside the establishment.
Armando Celentano, co-owner of Argosy Restaurant and Bar told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the decision came after he and three of his employees tested positive for the virus even though they are all fully vaccinated, marking a cases of revolutionary infections.
“It’s a matter of quality of life and safety for my staff and my guests,” Celentano said at the point of sale. “It’s a small private business and I have to do what I think is right to protect the people who rely on me for a living.”
About 38% of Georgians are fully vaccinated, according to data from the New York Times. While the most contagious Delta variant spreads in the United States, those vaccinated are not 100% immune and could still be infected with COVID-19.
“COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are an essential tool in bringing the pandemic under control,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. “However, no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing disease in people who have been vaccinated. There will be a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who will still get sick, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.”
Read more: You will know, or maybe be, someone who gets COVID-19 after a vaccine. Here’s what to expect, according to 2 people with breakthrough cases.
The rule elicited mixed emotions from some residents who spoke to WSB-TV from Atlanta. One person told the point of sale that the money order was “a bunch of crap”. Another said it was “unfortunate” because they didn’t want the shot.
Despite the hindsight, Celentano told the outlet he had no problem asking customers if they were fully vaccinated.
“It’s no different from ‘no shoes, no shirt, no service,’ he said.
Dr Anthony Fauci told a White House briefing earlier this month that it was “reasonable” to assume that fully vaccinated people are less likely to spread COVID-19 infections, even with a “pierced” case, previously reported from Insider’s Andrea Michaelson.
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