The idea of a health-passport to travel is already being spoken of in several countries, such as Denmark and the United Kingdom. The World Health Organization is also creating a vaccination certificate to make entry easier. Now the talk has shifted to the idea of implementing a similar approach in the hospitality sector, specifically in restaurants and bars.
In Cuneo, Italy, the owner of a bar, wants to let in only the people who can prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19. He has even suggested the creation of a mobile application, and the use of a QR Code reader at the entrance.
Michele Trapani is responsible for Birrovia, a bar in Cuneo, in the Piedmont area. In recent months he has suffered the consequences of the pandemic with constant closures and lack of revenue. He used social networks to share his idea of creating a ‘Covid-free Café’.
“This will be a space without time constraints and with certification issued by the competent bodies regarding capacity, space between tables, protection devices and prevention protocols in place,” Trapani wrote on his Facebook page. “People will only be able to enter if they are vaccinated and this is confirmed through an app and a QR Code. Thereafter, they can spend a peaceful night eating, drinking and listening to good music in total safety.”
Trapani believes that the government of the country could show more initiative in the search for measures and solutions for the catering business. “The situation is getting worse, and in the last few days we have seen a grotesque management regarding the restaurants that are strongly affected by the pandemic.”
He wants to show his customers, and the public in general, that the locales like Birrovia can operate following the safety measures that could guarantee a space where customers do not have to think about the pandemic. Trapani stated that this concept of ‘Covid-free Café’ being shared on social networks is an attempt to rescue the restaurants and bars that have been struggling ever since the pandemic broke out in early 2020.