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Bay Area County Requires COVID Vaccine or Test to Be Indoors

Another Bay Area county requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test to enter many indoor establishments.

Contra Costa County issued a warrant on Tuesday that guests at restaurants, bars and indoor gyms must show full proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test result before entering.

The requirement will apply to all persons 12 years of age and over. The ordinance in the third most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to more than one million people, will come into effect on September 22.

Workers will be subject to a similar requirement as of November 1; if they are not vaccinated, they will need to be tested weekly.

The ordinance applies to businesses serving food or drink indoors, including theaters and other entertainment venues, and fitness facilities, including yoga and dance studios.

“We want to keep businesses in Contra Costa County open and safe. Places where people take off their masks to eat and drink indoors and where people breathe heavily during exercise increase the risk of the spread of COVID-19, ”Contra Costa Health Services said in a statement.

Other local governments in California have issued similar orders.

San Francisco and Berkeley require guests 12 and older to show proof of vaccination to enter indoor bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms, and large indoor events; a negative coronavirus test is not allowed as an alternative.

On October 11, West Hollywood will require guests 18 and over to prove they are fully vaccinated to enter indoor restaurants, bars, clubs, theaters and gyms, as well as personal care facilities, including hair salons, nail salons and tanning services.

Palm Springs has ordered guests 12 and older to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test to enter indoor restaurants and bars.