San Francisco to require proof of vaccination for many indoor activities


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A sign outside Specs Bar reminds customers that proof of shots and masks are required, in San Francisco on August 5, 2021.

A sign outside Specs Bar reminds customers that proof of shots and masks are required, in San Francisco on August 5, 2021.

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San Francisco is becoming the second largest city in the United States requiring many indoor business screen customers for COVID-19 vaccine proof.

La San Francisco Chronicle and KGO (ABC7) both reported that Mayor London Breed plans to make the formal announcement of the policy at a briefing 11:00 am Thursday. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other.) Supervisor Matt Haney later confirmed tweeted in the ad.

The new policy is expected to apply to high-risk indoor businesses such as restaurants, bars and gyms.


New York was the first big city announced such a rule last week. The Chronicle reported that San Francisco’s mandate will go further, as complete evidence of vaccinations is required to enter indoor spaces, whereas in New York, customers only need to show proof of a single dose.

Many San Francisco restaurants and bars are already requiring proof of vaccination for entry, but the new order would make screening mandatory.

New York plans to strengthen its order of fines starting in September. It is currently unclear how San Francisco’s order should be enforced and when it is expected to take effect.

This story will be developed and will be updated as more information becomes available.



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