PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A few days ago, customers started noticing a sign posted at the entrance of Oven+Vine. The popular midtown Phoenix restaurant and wine bar is located off Central Avenue and Thomas Road. The sign reads, "Inside seating is available for vaccinated people." And to "Please show proof of vaccination when ordering."
The restaurant owners said the sign is not meant to be politically driven and that several of their family members are immunocompromised. The owners said the sign is more about easing concerns for customers apprehensive about dining out.
Meanwhile, Monica Gonzales lives in the area said, though she's not vaccinated, the policy doesn't bother her. "It's their business. They have the right to do what they want. At the same time, there are other places to go. It's not my place to tell them how to run their business ultimately," said Gonzales.
"I wish that more restaurants would do this. I just came from Seattle on vacation and there's a lot of this kind of setup where they require vaccinations," said customer Chris Kinzig.
This comes as the Delta variant is fueling COVID-19 cases in Arizona, which have nearly doubled since the beginning of July. "If it's following the pattern that it did before, mainly Europe first, then us, it's only a matter of time before the spike happens," said emergency room doctor Murtaza Akhter with the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Dr. Akhter also said hospitalization rates are also on the rise. "The only people I see in the hospital, the only people I see with COVID symptoms, are the unvaccinated, without expectation in ER, that's what I see," said Dr. Akhter.