No shirt, no shoes, no COVID-19 vaccine – no service at San Francisco bars

Bartender Brandi Sterner makes drinks after the bartop opened for the first time at Lucky Day bar in the Fremont East Entertainment District on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bartender Brandi Sterner makes drinks after the bartop opened for the first time at Lucky Day bar in the Fremont East Entertainment District on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Hitting up happy hour after work may start getting more complicated.

As the delta variant spreads, Bay Area bars are moving towards requiring proof of inoculation. More than 500 bars that are part of the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance are considering asking patrons to show proof of vaccination before entry.

With COVID-19 cases on the rise again and new mask recommendations, bar owners are doing what they can to stay safe.

"You have to do what you have to do," said Eileen McCarthy, owner of McCarthy's Irish Bar in San Francisco. McCarthy added professional air purifiers to help make customers feel more comfortable taking their masks off.

"If you can keep the doors open and the bills mostly paid, I reckon I’m very fortunate in comparison to a lot of other places that haven’t been able to open at all," she said.

According to reporting by the San Francisco Chronicle, bars would likely have signs telling customers they need to show a photo of their vaccination card or a QR code proving they got the shot.

Some Bay Area bars and restaurants have already started requiring proof of vaccination, such as Vesuvio Cafe in San Francisco and Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland.

The Bar Owner Alliance will make a formal decision on the program next week at the earliest.