OpenTable and secure identity company CLEAR have partnered to give U.S. restaurant diners an easier way to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s free digital vaccine card, according to a press release.
The OpenTable-CLEAR integration is expected to launch in September on OpenTable’s iPhone and Android apps, the release stated.
After diners make a reservation on the OpenTable app at a restaurant with vaccine requirements, they will find a CLEAR banner on the reservation confirmation page that includes a link with details and instructions on how to create a CLEAR digital vaccine card, which connects a person’s verified identity to their proof of vaccination from hundreds of vaccine providers and national pharmacies, according to the release.
“Our partnership with CLEAR furthers our commitment to help both restaurants and diners navigate dining out in the next chapter of the pandemic,” said OpenTable CEO Debby Soo said in the release. “… 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.”
CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker said in the release: “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.”
PYMNTS’ surveys of hundreds of consumers show the assumed timeframes of when the pandemic will end keep shifting, to the latest predictions in the early months of 2022.
The percentage of consumers PYMNTS surveyed who are “very” or “extremely” concerned about the pandemic was at 29 percent at the end of July, down from more than 70 percent a year earlier.
Also, OpenTable rolled out a resort booking solution with UrVenue in June at SAHARA Las Vegas, Resorts World Las Vegas and The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa.
The partnership will allow guests to reserve restaurants, clubs, attractions, recreation and more through a central booking experience and integrated shopping cart. The solution includes 3D venue maps; time-based bookings, such as restaurant reservations; and duration-based bookings, such as rentals.