Listener dispatches from Day 1 of the Twin Cities restaurant vaccination mandate

A COVID-19 vaccination card in someone's hands.
A health care worker displays a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card during a vaccine and health clinic at QueensCare Health Center in Los Angeles in August 2021.
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When you go out to eat in Minneapolis or St. Paul restaurants, you now need to bring along some specific things other than your appetite.

Wednesday was the first day of the restaurant vaccination mandates in Minneapolis and St. Paul. To dine in, you need to prove you’re vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a negative test result from the past 72 hours — and at-home tests don't count.

We wanted to hear how it went, and listeners answered. Here's what you shared with Minnesota Now.

Thanks to Griffen, Josh, Bridget and Jim for sharing some of their experiences from what sounds like a quiet night dining-out in the Twin Cities.

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