Effective immediately, Milwaukee’s Odd Duck restaurant, 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will require diners to show proof of vaccination before entering. It appears that the Bay View restaurant is the first dedicated restaurant in the city to have such a policy. (Eternally awesome bounce house Bounce Milwaukee, which also serves food, is also vax-required. EDIT: Wy’east Pizza is vax-required, too.)

“We will now be requiring all guests over the age of 18 to be fully vaccinated, and to show proof of such,” Odd Duck posted to social media Sunday night. “This can be your physical vax card, a picture of it, or your State of Wisconsin Vaccine Record online. You will also need a photo ID so we can make sure they match! The good news is that our reservation system has a place where we can note this, so if you are a regular you only need to do this once. We are following CDC guidelines to define ‘fully vaccinated’ so at this point it is two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson. Our staff has already been required to be fully vaccinated to protect you, we are simply asking for the same in return during this surge.

“We want to be able to take care of you as safely as possible,” the post continues, “and this is the general consensus of how that can work for now. Be safe out there!”

There’s more. Odd Duck will also move to a reservation-only system, which includes seating at the bar. Masks, meanwhile, will be required “anytime you are not seated and actively dining.”

Because of the recent COVID-19 surge, Odd Duck has been closed for the past week. The restaurant’s big move to its new location in Walker’s Point, meanwhile, has been temporarily delayed due to other circumstances.

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