BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Mr. Goodbar and Jack Rabbit on Elmwood Avenue will be requiring proof of vaccination before entering starting immediately.
Mr. Goodbar announced the change Tuesday morning via Instagram and Facebook, following Erie County’s indoor mask mandate, which took effect at 6 a.m. due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. “Be safe so we can continue Good Times with Good Friends at Goodbar,” the posts said.
The bar was also part of a “Doses and Mimosas” event in June, with two other Elmwood bars, where patrons could get a free mimosa after receiving a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at one of the three locations.
A few hours after Goodbar announced its vaccine requirement, Jack Rabbit followed suit, announcing on social media that it would also be requiring proof of vaccination for admittance.
“Per Erie County regulations, in order to continue to provide live music with mask-free vocalists, we need to require proof of vax at the door,” the Jack Rabbit posts said. “Because of this, however, masks are encouraged but NOT REQUIRED once inside the building. We love you all and we are working hard to continue to provide a safe and fun environment for everyone.”
The bars’ policies follow what many restaurants downstate have been doing, in addition to a few area bars. On Sept. 11, Nietzsche’s on Allen Street announced a vaccine mandate for all patrons attending a show.
“Venues that have strict vaccine requirements for entrance, such as Highmark Stadium and KeyBank Center, would not have to require masks for vaccinated individuals under these orders,” according to a press release from the Erie County Department of Health.