San Francisco has announced strict restrictions on unvaccinated residents, barring them from many indoor and outdoor gatherings, even if they can prove they have tested negative for COVID-19.
The warrants, which come into effect on August 20, are in place to safeguard the city’s economic rebound as cases of the Delta variant continue to rise sharply in California, executives said.
“It’s to protect the children, it’s to protect those who can’t get vaccinated, it’s to make sure we don’t back down, it’s to make sure I never have to. stand up in front of you and say, ‘I’m sorry, I know we’ve just reopened and now the city is closed again because we’re seeing too many people dying,’ the Mayor of London Breed, a Democrat, said on Thursday.
Under the order, San Francisco – which has consistently imposed some of the country’s toughest measures to fight the virus – will require full proof of vaccination for customers and staff at restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment venues. interiors – including concerts and sporting events.
Employees will have a two-month grace period to get vaccinated “to preserve jobs while giving time to comply,” officials said. The rule will not apply to children 12 years of age and under and others who are not eligible for vaccination.
Residents and visitors will be able to provide wardens with their COVID-19 paper passports from the CDC, or use California’s online records. It will be up to companies to enforce the rule.
Seventy-eight percent of San Fran’s population is already fully vaccinated, but officials hope the new program will increase that rate.
The announcement was made at the historic Vesuvio cafe, which already required customers to prove they were vaccinated.
“Most people were really happy that we started the policy. It took patience on everyone’s part. So people who were impatient or didn’t like politics would just walk away, ”said Janet Clyde, co-owner of Vesuvio.
“Having the weight of government behind you, of science, of the health ministry” makes it easier to apply, she said.
Groups representing bars and fitness studios said they supported the mandate, which they hoped would prevent another city lockdown that would deplete revenue.
Golden City’s rules are stricter than New York’s “Key to NYC Pass” announced last week because it became the first major US city to create a vaccination mandate. The NYC plan will require proof of a dose, not a full vaccination.
Los Angeles is considering a move similar to New York – with a dose needed to enter many places.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday that all employees of public and private schools in California will need to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests.
With AP wires