A new indoor mask mandate goes into effect in the City of Boston on Friday morning (August 27th). As a result, we’ll be implementing the following changes here at The VU.

• Masks: We’ve been asking people to come in wearing masks since we started letting people back inside last year. Masks will still be available at the front door, but you WILL be pleasantly/vigorously informed of the new mandate if you show up without one. NO exceptions.

• Indoor Seating: Unfortunately, we will *no longer* be able to offer indoor dining as long as the mandate is in place. Our room is small, our seating is limited, and the benefits don’t outweigh the risk. It’s a bummer, but we’ll always be safe rather than sorry.

• Screening Room: At present, we have EVERY intention of keeping all private events on the calendar, although we will now be requiring proof of vaccination for all event attendees who are vaccine-eligible. But public events, which we hoped to get off the ground this Fall, are off the table for the foreseeable future. Access to the screening room will *only* be granted to VU staff and event attendees, as well, making the space FIRMLY “not available to the public.” In doing this, events will be able to continue as they have been (in accordance with the new mandate) with food, drink, and fewer restrictions.

We know this isn’t awesome news across the board, and it’s EXTREMELY disappointing to roll back on services and amenities when were hoping to open things up even more in September. But we’re all playing the hand we’ve been dealt, and public health is too important to play fast and loose with best practices and expert guidance. Let us know if you have any questions.