Why we continue to require proof of vaccination at Ten Thousand Waves

As we enter the third year of the pandemic, everyone is ready to be done with COVID and its accompanying restrictions. We want to be able to breathe easily and feel safe when dining out. We want to be able to travel without constantly assessing risk. Businesses want to welcome patrons back with open arms and no restrictions.

But it’s too early to call an end to the pandemic.

Millions of people have died and more continue to die each day. Our hospitals have been under crisis standards of care. Doctors and nurses across the nation have fled healthcare due to the stress on our already-strained healthcare system. Long-term effects of COVID infection, even mild or asymptomatic, are still largely unknown.

As much as we want it to be over, there’s still work to be done before we at Ten Thousand Waves feel safe in totally lowering our defenses. We still feel a responsibility to our guests, staff, and community and will maintain our high standards as we have done for the past two years. We constantly monitor the CDC's COVID-19 Community Level which tracks hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in Santa Fe County. Due to this metric recently dropping from HIGH to LOW, we have relaxed some of our more stringent policies and will act accordingly as conditions change.

We continue to emphasize non-restrictive safety measures, like filtration and ventilation of our public spaces. We will prioritize the collective health and safety of our community as case numbers and hospitalizations decline, so that as we drop our restrictions, we’ll still be as safe as possible.

We look forward to the day when we will no longer need to worry about which new variant this week will bring.