On what was already looking to be a slow night due to the brutal cold and the (equally brutal) Pats game, the first night of Boston's requirement that people show proof of at least one Covid-19 shot at public indoor spaces did not go well at all, promoter Ace Gershfield reports from at Venu in the Theater District.
In a series of tweets that started at 11:08 p.m on Saturday, Gershfield writes:
We’ve been open for roughly 25mins so far tonight at @VenuBoston & have already turned away 20 guests for not having proof of vaccine, along with 1 VIP table of 8 ppl. That’s 28ppl we’ve turned away for business so far. Not looking good for us tonight.
Sitting in office now and phone keeps ringing with ppl asking if they can come in without vax cards. #1 reason has been they just flew back into town from being on winter break and haven’t been able to get vaccinated yet. Who knows if that’s the truth.
Now guests that have paid and gone inside club are coming back to register asking for refunds because their friends couldn’t get in. We might have to combine @VenuBoston & @iconnightclub1 [the sister Icon club next door] tonight to reduced staffing costs & create a better overall vibe. Next hour will determine.
Just spoke to my team at @iconnightclub1 they tell me we’ve turned away about 15ppl. Discussing if we should shut one club and combine at moment. We’re fully staffed at both clubs. It’s not about our costs as much as now sending staff home and they won’t get paid. Staff has paid for parking and driven into to work already. More staff coming to office saying groups of 4 and 5 just walking away after 1 person in group can’t come in..
Already working tonight against the Freezing cold weather, Pats game, and now these vaccine requirements are crushing us. Stay tuned for more updates.
At 11:39 p.m., he updated:
Up to roughly 43 ppl turned away so far at @VenuBoston door. Last customer worked at Childrens hospital, had his vac card but vax card didn’t have birth date in it so he was denied entry. Whole group left