Speaking of mononymous folks, my friend Lê, owner of Philly’s famed Hop Sing Laundromat cocktail bar, is leaning toward requiring proof of vaccination when they reopen this summer. Victor Fiorillo, reporting for Philadelphia Magazine:
According to Lê, he polled his staff and regulars to ask them if
they thought he should require proof of vaccination, the same
way he requires government-issued identification and dress-code
compliance, and the answer was a unanimous yes.
While proof of vaccination and, hell, the COVID vaccine itself
have somehow turned into political theater, Lê insists this isn’t
about politics for him.
“We can’t emphasize enough that it is not a political statement
of any kind,” he told us. “However, our staff is mentally prepared
to be cursed at … on a good day and [endure] racist or homophobic
comments on an OK day from those individuals with a sense of
entitlement. But if you look on the bright side of things, if
these people would say stupid stuff like that at the gate, then
there’s no reason they should be drinking in the first place, so
the staff look at it as a silver lining.”
I, of course, voted yes.