COVID-19

A Herald staff member was asked Sunday for proof of vaccination and was asked to wear a mask until seated.

Bad Tattoo has done a 180-degree turn on a controversial policy.

The craft brewery announced it would begin checking for vaccine passports, contrary to its controversial position that proof of vaccination was “unconstitutional.”

A Herald reporter visited the brewery Sunday afternoon and was asked by the greeters to wear a mask and to provide proof of vaccine and photo ID.

Bad Tattoo owner Lee Agur said he is stepping down, for the time being, from his managing duties.

“I was trying to be inclusive and make a safe space for everyone to be able to enjoy as that is what the hospitality industry is about, so we went to counter service only like the fast-food establishments, cafes, food courts and cafeterias that many people currently feel safe in and are not requiring vaccine passports,” Agur said in a statement posted on the brewery’s website.

“We are all concerned vaccinated or not. Many are losing compassion, empathy, understanding and patience, our country is very divided, and these are other tragedies that are trending the wrong way. Again, I am sincerely sorry to all.”

Bad Tattoo’s previous position created a backlash with many residents stating they would boycott. There was also pressure on private liquor stores to pull the product for the shelves.

Although there was a backlash, some residents praised the brewery for its stand.

A Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce poll found that 71% of local businesses support vaccination cards but 17% were worried staff would be harassed by anti-vaxxers.