San Francisco to remove vaccination evidence in gyms and bars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will stop requiring proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses, including restaurants, bars, fitness centers and gyms, officials said Wednesday.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health said starting Friday it will be up to businesses to require proof of vaccination or a negative test from their staff and customers.

Proof of vaccination will still be required to participate in “mega” indoor events, defined as gatherings of 1,000 people or more, per state guidelines, the department said in a statement.

San Francisco was one of the first cities in the nation to require proof of vaccination before entering certain indoor businesses. City officials issued the warrant in August as the delta variant spread.

“With cases and hospitalizations continuing to decline and our high vaccination rate providing a strong defense against the virus, San Francisco is ready to further ease COVID-19 restrictions and allow individuals to make their own decisions to protect themselves. and protect their loved ones,” said Health Officer Dr Susan Philip.

The vast majority of the city’s residents, 83%, are fully immunized.

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