Lavelle’s Bistro will implement a new dining requirement effective November 1st

Published: Oct. 30, 2021 at 8:13 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Lavelle’s Bistro owner, Franklin Eagle, has joined the lineup as the second food or beverage establishment to implement a vaccination policy for patrons. Starting November 1st, all customers will have to show proof of vaccination in order to dine or drink at the restaurant.

Franklin Eagle’s motivation for the vaccination policy was brought about while traveling in Europe. He and his wife discovered strict precautionary measures there regarding COVID and thinks these precautions will benefit the Fairbanks community in slowing down the spread of COVID-19.

On October 14th Lavelle’s posted to their business Facebook page, “We’ve got some big news to share regarding an important decision we’ve made. Beginning November 1st Lavelle’s Bistro will require either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a prior COVID-19 infection to dine with us. Vaccination cards or digital copies are all welcome! We thank you for your support while we do our part to keep our community safe.”

In response to the question: “Was there any regulation that you referenced to ensure you were not infringing on patrons’ rights,” Eagle replied, “We’re going to take the brunt (Lavelle’s) of this initially since the state of Alaska is in the last place in the country with trying to mitigate this virus. If the government isn’t going to do anything about it, we as responsible business owners have to do something. Otherwise, we are going to have to be shut down again and we are going to have to pay the price with emotional trauma and economic trauma.”

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