Last week, popular restaurant booking app OpenTable announced that it would introduce a new feature allowing its clients to easily implement vaccine mandates and users to show proof of vaccination. The news comes as more cities in the US and the rest of the world mandate vaccine passports for outdoor and indoor venues and events.
OpenTable is ignoring concerns about civil liberties and said it was partnering with security company CLEAR, which provides a digital vaccine certification system.
“To help diners easily provide proof of vaccination at restaurants, OpenTable and secure identity company CLEAR are partnering to offer diners a simple way to show proof of vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card,” the restaurant booking app said last week, linking to a new blog post to announce the initiative.
OpenTable will allow restaurants to indicate whether they have vaccination mandates.
To use the new feature, users will have to create a CLEAR account through the OpenTable web app or mobile app. The next step will be connecting their COVID-19 vaccine certificate with OpenTable, which they can then present at establishments with vaccine mandates.
Such developments are in anticipation that more cities and jurisdictions will implement vaccine mandates as the controversial and invasive system becomes normalized around the world. So far, in the US, three major cities have vaccination mandates; Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
OpenTable’s new vaccine certification feature might be used in these cities and even by restaurants in other areas that are yet to implement mandates but have not prohibited their implementation by private businesses.