Nearly a week before New York City begins requiring proof of vaccination to enter any indoor venue, a restaurant in the heart of downtown Ridgewood is doing the same for indoor dining.

Starting August 10, diners at It’s Greek to me on East Ridgewood Avenue will be required to show proof of vaccination to eat inside the restaurant.


The Ridgewood location of It’s Greek to Me (there are other locations in Clifton, Englewood and Fort Lee) is the only one implementing this requirement at this time. “All customers who wish to dine indoors [at the Ridgewood location] will have to show a vaccination card, an image of a vaccination card, or another form of proof, such as Docket, the state’s app,” according to a statement from the restaurant. “It’s Greek to Me’s expansive outdoor dining options will continue to be available to all customers.”

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York will require proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms, shows and more. The “Key to NYC Pass” will provide proof of vaccination required for workers and customers at restaurants, gyms and shows.

Also last week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that employees in health care facilities and other high-risk settings will be required to show proof of vaccination or undergo regular COVID testing, at least once or twice a week.

Last month, Union Square Hospitality Group announced it too would require indoor diners and drinkers at its restaurants to show they’ve been vaccinated against COVID. The group’s NYC restaurants include Gramercy Tavern, Manhatta and Union Square Cafe.