Contra Costa County to require proof of full COVID-19 vax for bars, restaurants, gyms

A doorman at Oasis checks a customer's vaccination card before allowing him to enter on July 29, 2021 in San Francisco, California.
A doorman at Oasis checks a customer's vaccination card before allowing him to enter on July 29, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Many indoor businesses in Contra Costa County will require customers to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination starting next week.

The county on Tuesday announced that patrons of bars, entertainment venues, restaurants, gyms and indoor fitness facilities will need to provide proof of full vaccination starting Sept. 22. Those businesses can also accept a negative COVID-19 test from within the previous 72 hours, county health officials said. Customers younger than 12, who aren't yet eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine, are exempt.

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Workers at those businesses must show proof of full vaccination by Nov. 1 or submit to weekly testing.

"Reducing community transmission of the virus now is key to preventing future spikes in cases from overwhelming our county's hospitals during the winter months," Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano said in a statement.

Although nearly 80% of county residents older than 12 are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Contra Costa County health offi