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New York City restaurant and live music venue, City Winery, has announced a new Rapid Covid Testing program, set to roll out on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

As we settle into the colder months of the year, and outdoor dining becomes less of an option, restaurants are looking to safely transition into offering indoor dining options. Effective next week, City Winery will begin a pilot program which will require a negative rapid Covid test from all guests, administered at the door, prior to entering and dining in the restaurant. As it is a pilot program, the testing will occur on just Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

According to a press release, “The cost of the test will be $50 per diner, and prepaid reservations will be taken via Resy. Upon arrival, guests will participate in our mandatory wellness check, then receive a shallow nasal swab by a certified practitioner, a glass of City Winery Bubbles, and be asked to wait the 10-15 minutes for their results. If the rapid result is negative, the guest will be welcome to enter,  mask in place, and continue to practice all proper socially distanced protocols. If positive, City Winery will offer a PCR test sent to a partnered CLIA lab and 24 hours to validate the results, but the individual will not be permitted to enter the premises.” 

All City Winery employees will also be required to test negative before entering the restaurant for their shift, “ensuring that 100% of individuals on the premises have tested negative that day” according to the press release. 

To read more on City Winery’s new program and safety protocols, visit their website.