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Sister restaurants Fresa's and Launderette will stop asking for proof of vaccination to dine indoors after less than a week of implementing the requirement.

The move to require those dining indoors to provide proof of vaccination and wear a mask came as COVID cases surge in Austin and health officials ask businesses to follow its Stage 5 guidelines. Owners of the two restaurants were the first in Austin to ask for proof of vaccination on Monday evening, although vaccine passports are not permitted in Texas.

On Wednesday, owners received a notification from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission that they were in violation of the law for asking for vaccine proof and that they could lose their state licenses to operate. Austin 360 reports that TABC told Launderette that they had received complaints about their rules.

The two restaurants have since lifted the requirements and are only asking indoor diners to wear a mask.

For more restaurants taking extra COVID precautions, click here.


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