Let’s face it: ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, the world has been captivated by Covid-19. We watch the news about ten times more than usual, we’re obsessed with numbers, going to a restaurant is all of a sudden something we don’t take for granted and discussions with friends get more heated than ever. Because if even Jennifer Aniston loses friends over the vaccine-discussion, well, who are we to say we don’t?
This summer, the vaccine discussion is more open, more present, and more energy-consuming than ever. Generally speaking, there are two groups of people: those who want to get vaccinated and those who won’t. Of course, that’s putting things a bit too simple, yet it would lead us way too far if we’d have to get into the details at this very moment. However, governments tend to agree with the first group of people (and rightfully so, in my opinion), making life quite hard for those who don’t want to get vaccinated.
Because those vaccines represent much more than just another jab you get at your doctor’s. Whether or not you’re ready to get vaccinated has a great impact on your life. Unless you want to do a swab test every couple of days, without the vaccine, you don’t get to travel. You don’t get to go to a festival. In some countries, you don’t even get to eat at a restaurant or watch a movie at the cinema. And in the long run, who knows what else you’ll be excluded from. In other words, people who want to get on with their lives (almost) like before will just have to get those jabs one day or another.
No masks, no vaccines
Or so it goes in the normal world, anyway. The American Basilico’s Paste e Vino, a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Huntington Beach, decided to do it differently. Last year, they already made the headlines for banning masks and now they even go one step further. Because everyone who wants to eat at the restaurant, has to show proof they’re not vaccinated. “Hey city of Pasadena, take that! More American counties, cities, and businesses doubling down on anti-American lockdown mandates? Well ‘Basilico’s Pasta e Vino’ just tripled down: From day one, never complied, banned masks, and now… requiring proof of being Un-vaccinated!”, the restaurant wrote on Instagram. We guess there’s a public for the restaurant’s policy, however, the question remains how long they’ll be able to remain open. To be continued?