Luca restaurants join small group of Cleveland restaurants demanding proof of vaccination for diners

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Cuyahoga County over the past week became the highest rate of Covid cases in the state of Ohio and the third highest case rate in the entire country.

This unfortunately resulted in a wave of temporary restaurant and bar closures, with both companies in response to positive tests among staff and a few, like Astoria, which were carried out preemptively throughout the holiday calendar.

Given the number of cases, calls from Cleveland area hospitals and alarm bells sounding by local health officials, one would have expected some restaurants to not only take a break from business, but also do what only a few others in northeast Ohio had done in the past year: Require proof of vaccination for diners.

So far only one has made the decision, with the Luca family of restaurants – Luca Italian, Luca West and Acqua di Luca – today announcing that they will need vaccines and masks until further notice.

“Starting today, December 22 and until further notice, all Luca restaurants will require customers to present proof of vaccination at the restaurant entrance, except to collect take-out orders.” the catering group announced on social networks“All guests will be required to wear a mask, except when seated while eating and drinking, regardless of their immunization status. Thank you for helping us stay safe! ”

Previously, LBM, Felice, Mojo World Eats and Toast had announced vax requirements.

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