San Francisco mulls requiring proof of vaccination at businesses like bars and restaurants

San Francisco mulls requiring proof of vaccination at businesses like bars and restaurants

As the delta variant surges, conversations are swirling in San Francisco among businesses and in City Hall about whether officials can — or should — force people to show vaccine cards at businesses like bars, restaurants and retailers. It’s a massive question that could prompt a number of legal and logistical hurdles for the city. But, with the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Mayor London Breed and two major businesses groups in the city said they’re exploring how they can prevent yet another shutdown. The conversations are unfolding fast: The San Francisco Bar Alliance, which represents 500 bars around the city, announced Tuesday that it’s considering asking patrons to show proof of vaccination upon entry. The city’s Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 1,000 local businesses, also told The Chronicle that it’s informally reaching out to its members to ask how they would feel about such a mandate. “It’s a ribbon unfolding here,” said Rodney Fong, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “There are some legal questions and legal definitions that everyone wants to be sure of. But …
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