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A study from the Bay Area, wherever a increasing fig of businesses are requiring that customers amusement their vaccine cards — oregon truthful they say.

Soumya Karlamangla

By Soumya Karlamangla

Aug. 9, 2021, 9:02 a.m. ET


A doorman astatine  Oasis successful  San Francisco checking a customer's vaccination paper  earlier  allowing him to enter.
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SAN FRANCISCO — The ample chalkboard motion successful the doorway warned: “Masks and vaccination required!”

But arsenic I entered a barroom successful the Richmond District this weekend, nary 1 stopped maine to inquire whether I had been vaccinated. At the barroom counter, I offered to amusement my immunization card, but the bartender shook his head.

The barroom isn’t enforcing the vaccine mandate, helium told me. Unless the metropolis orders that each businesses cheque vaccination cards, the bar’s motion volition simply service arsenic information for radical to get their shots.

He handed maine my drink. I decided to beryllium outside.

Among the businesses hardest deed by the pandemic, bars and restaurants are scrambling to enactment unfastened and clasp onto customers arsenic coronavirus cases surge successful California and crossed the nation. But their approaches disagree widely.

While immoderate California cities are location to a increasing fig of businesses serving lone vaccinated customers, galore person none. And immoderate restaurants necessitate vaccination for indoor and outdoor seating, portion others necessitate it lone for those sitting inside.

And astatine galore establishments, enforcement of these caller rules remains spotty, a premix of reluctance to thrust distant customers and mediocre implementation of unfamiliar rules. (The archetypal clip I went to a barroom with a vaccination request successful Los Angeles, the bouncer checked my friends’ vaccine cards but not mine.)

Still, nationalist wellness experts say, the policies can’t hurt.

Vaccinated radical are little apt to declaration and dispersed the coronavirus, truthful the higher the percent of immunized radical indoors, the better. In California, astir 53 percent of residents are vaccinated.

The caller rules could besides relation similar indoor smoking bans, which drove down rates by making beingness a small spot much hard for smokers, said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, an epidemiologist astatine the University of California, San Francisco.

“These are each things that are intended to marque it much inconvenient to beryllium unvaccinated,” Bibbins-Domingo told me. “I deliberation that volition determination the radical who request to marque a antithetic determination contiguous than they made yesterday.”

As coronavirus cases spike nationwide, New York past week became the archetypal metropolis successful the U.S. to denote that it would necessitate that people would request astatine slightest 1 dose of a vaccine for a assortment of activities, including indoor dining, gyms and performances.

Since then, officials successful Los Angeles and San Francisco person begun weighing akin mandates. The San Francisco Bar Alliance has already recommended that each bars inquire for impervious of vaccination for customers who privation to beryllium inside.


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Though immoderate businesses are reluctant to follow a argumentation that could bounds their clientele, others spot it arsenic a mode to support customers coming back.

Just implicit a week ago, Urban Mo’s, a cheery barroom successful San Diego, began requiring that radical amusement impervious of vaccination to be its resistance shows and different indoor events. It is 1 of lone 2 restaurants successful San Diego with specified a rule, according to NBC 7.

The determination has prompted a flurry of aggravated comments connected societal media arsenic good arsenic threatening telephone calls, the proprietor Matt Ramon told me. But patrons mostly enactment the request due to the fact that it makes them much comfortable, helium said.

“We’ve conscionable been benignant of hanging up on” the callers, helium said. “We’re not going to respond to what we deliberation is safe.”

“We don’t person a fearfulness of hurting the business,” helium said, “so we tin instrumentality the stance for everybody.”

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  • Dixie fire: The Dixie occurrence is present the second largest occurrence successful California history. As of Sunday, it had burned for 25 days and destroyed much than 463,000 acres.

  • Fly fire: The California inferior institution PG&E said it whitethorn person played a relation successful ignoring the Fly fire, which started successful Plumas County past period earlier merging with the Dixie fire. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the Fly occurrence whitethorn person started when a histrion fell connected a PG&E line.

  • Fire absorption controversy: In the aftermath of a caller bid from the U.S. Forest Service, The San Francisco Chronicle explores the reasoning down letting fires burn alternatively of putting them retired close away.



  • Veterinary funding: The U.C. Davis California Veterinary Emergency Team Program volition person $3 cardinal from the authorities budget, The Sacramento Bee reports. The assemblage is expected to usage the backing to make a mobile veterinary squad susceptible of responding to disasters, particularly wildfires.

  • Nightmare dish: Lily, a Vietnamese edifice successful the Richmond District of San Francisco, utilized to connection a $72 crab fried rice. It was the restaurant’s champion seller, but became a nightmare for the chef, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Lightning onslaught fatality: When Nicolas Torchia, 37, was struck by lightning during a backpacking travel done the John Muir Wilderness, a adjacent pastor held Torchia’s hands done his past moments. The Fresno Bee tells the story.

  • Taylorsville: Even aft witnessing a assemblage conscionable 10 miles distant succumb to the Dixie fire, residents of Taylorsville refuse to evacuate.


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Today’s California question extremity comes from Damiana Aldana, a scholar who lives successful Claremont. Damiana recommends visiting the California Botanic Garden, besides successful Claremont:

“There are birds: reddish tailed hawks, hummingbirds, and beauteous shiny phainopeplas. There are sages, redbuds, sagebrush and buckwheats. There are majestic shady oaks and pines. I haven’t been fortunate capable to spot the bobcat household that lives there, but I’ve had the acquisition of proceeding the coyotes howl astatine dusk arsenic I’m leaving. We are astonishingly fortunate to person an instauration dedicated to the unsocial plants of California.”

Tell america astir the champion spots to sojourn successful California. Email your suggestions to We’ll beryllium sharing much successful upcoming editions of the newsletter.

Thanks for reading. I’ll beryllium backmost tomorrow. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: State that shares a borderline with British Columbia (5 letters).

Mariel Wamsley contributed to California Today. You tin scope the squad astatine

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