Effective Saturday, Jan. 15, if you would like to enter a cigar bar in Washington, D.C., you must show proof of vaccination.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced new requirements for certain types of businesses—most notably restaurants, bars and gyms—but it also will include cigar bars within the District of Columbia. Any person 12-years-old or older will have to show proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Without it, they will not be allowed to enter.

While cigar bars were specifically mentioned, they are hardly the only businesses that will be affected. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more or less any place that has sit-down areas for consuming food or beverages are included. In addition, indoor entertainment facilities such as nightclubs, movie theaters and sporting venues are also subject to the requirement.

There are two listed exemptions that would allow unvaccinated individuals to enter a cigar bar, one is described as those entering for “a quick and limited purpose (for example, placing an order for takeout, picking up an order, or making a delivery)” or those who have been granted exemptions for medical conditions or a “sincerely held religious belief.”

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.