Vaccine mandates and restaurants: Arizona hospitality groups respond

The fifth location of The Vig is at McDowell Mountain Ranch in north Scottsdale. The Vig is one of Genuine Concepts' popular Valley destinations.

Large restaurant groups in Arizona are considering how to approach COVID-19 safety practices following an announcement made by President Joe Biden on Sept. 9 that outlined a new “action plan.”

The plan mandates that all employers with 100 or more workers must require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing. Also included in the plan are vaccination requirements for all federal workers, contractors who work for the federal government, health care workers and employees of federal education programs.

The president’s plan requires companies to provide paid time off for employees to get vaccinated.

It is unclear exactly when the plan will take effect, but once it does, companies that are not in compliance could face fines of up to nearly $14,000 per violation, CNN reports. 

For metro Phoenix’s hospitality industry, this mandate likely will impact large restaurant groups like Upward Projects, which owns Postino, Joyride Tacos and Federal Pizza, and Fox Restaurant Concepts, a Phoenix-based national company that owns Culinary Dropout, Flower Child and Zinburger, in addition to groups like Hula’s and Mastros.