San Francisco Becomes First Major US City to Mandate Vaccination for All Indoor Entertainment, Including Restaurants

San Francisco on Aug.12 became the first major U.S. city requiring full vaccination for patrons and employees to enter restaurants, gyms, bars, and entertainment venues. The new order (pdf), announced by Mayor London Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax on Thursday, takes effect Aug. 20 for customers and Oct. 13 for staff and prevents residents from submitting negative COVID-19 test results as a substitute to vaccination. In a press release, Breed said the directive “will require businesses in certain high-contact indoor sectors, such as those that serve food or drink like bars, restaurants, clubs, theaters and entertainment venues, as well as indoor gyms and other fitness establishments, to obtain proof of vaccination from their patrons and employees in order for them to go inside those facilities.” It also applies to select health care personnel, including pharmacists, dentists, workers at adult day centers, residential care facilities, and home health aides who are not included in the state health order on vaccinations. The order does not include individuals ordering or picking up food or …

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