DENVER (CBS4)– It’s been more than a month since Bar Max on Colfax Avenue in Denver requested proof of COVID-19 vaccination for visitors to enter. In accordance with state and CDC guidelines, people can now go in without a mask as long as they provide evidence.
“You can feel this relief and this enjoyment,” said Bar Max owner Marshall Smith. “When customers are here and everyone is vaccinated, they don’t have to distance themselves socially, they don’t wear masks, they don’t have to worry. It’s still calm and comfort. “
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Lauren Bruns is a pediatrician. It’s her first time in Bar Max since the pandemic began.
“It feels more normal,” Bruns told CBS4’s Andrea Flores. “I feel good knowing that the people around me are vaccinated, and especially when I know that the support and waiter staff are protected, I feel good about not putting my mask on every time they hand over a drink or a meal. “
According to Smith, people feel safe thanks to an extra layer of protection.
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“People can actually talk to someone they don’t know, which could be exciting for some people who have holed up and are changing for a year,” he joked.
With a vaccination rate of 100% for the bar, patrons like Bruns hope that it will stay that way.
“There are a lot of places to have a drink and if you don’t want to prove that you have been vaccinated, that’s fine,” said Bruns. “You can go somewhere else and wear your mask.”
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Smith says he’ll let science guide his bar decisions. For now, he will continue to require proof of vaccination and has no plans to change the policy.