To help diners easily provide proof of vaccination at restaurants requiring it to dine indoors, OpenTable and secure identity company CLEAR are partnering to offer diners a simple way to show proof of vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card.
This integration, expected to launch in September on OpenTable’s iPhone and Android apps, comes on the heels of a number of new safety features OpenTable is launching to support restaurants and diners. In addition to the new Verified for Entry tag, restaurants can now list proof of vaccination as a Safety Precaution on their restaurant profile pages and communicate directly with diners about changing restrictions and special requests through Direct Messaging.
“Our partnership with CLEAR furthers our commitment to help both restaurants and diners navigate dining out in the next chapter of the pandemic,” said Debby Soo, CEO, OpenTable. “For the last 18 months, we’ve focused all of our energy on building innovative features that make it easier to Dine On safely. This collaboration aims to streamline restaurant entry, saving time for both restaurant staff and diners and lets everyone focus on the meal, not the logistics.”
How it works
Once a reservation is made on the OpenTable app at a restaurant that has vaccine requirements, the diner will find a CLEAR banner on the reservation confirmation page. By clicking on the banner, the diner will be linked directly to an information page, where they can find all the details they need, plus instructions on how to create a CLEAR digital vaccine card. CLEAR’s digital vaccine card is a free, mobile experience on the CLEAR app, which securely connects a person’s verified identity to their proof of vaccination from hundreds of vaccine providers and national pharmacies, including Walmart, Atlantic Health System, and the states of California and New York.
When they arrive at the restaurant, the diner can simply tap the CLEAR button on the reservations confirmation page to show their digital vaccine card to the restaurant, verifying entry and allowing them to safely dine indoors.
“Now more than ever, it is important that the people and experiences which make up the lifeblood of our communities safely stay open for business,” said Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO, CLEAR. “We are proud to work with OpenTable to make it easy and safe for diners and restaurants to come back together during this time.”
OpenTable will not store vaccination card data or, unless voluntarily provided by the diner to the restaurant, other personal health information through this feature.