When seven-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles' nationwide tour reaches San Jose this Saturday, every fan in attendance at SAP Center will need to provide proof they're fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The San Jose City Council last month unanimously passed an ordinance requiring proof of full vaccination for attendees and workers at events with over 50 people at city-owned buildings due to the delta variant's spread. That rule went into effect Monday, including SAP Center – home of the NHL's San Jose Sharks – and the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, among other venues.
It remains in effect until San Jose adopts a superseding ordinance or terminates its local emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic.
All attendees older than 12 can provide their physical vaccination card from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a photo of that card stored on a smartphone or another device, a digital COVID-19 vaccine record with identifying information including a QR code or proof of vaccination from a healthcare provider.
Religious and medical exemptions both must be in writing, and the latter requires a signature from a medical professional. Exempt guests have to provide a negative COVID-19 test from the preceding 72 hours.
The Sharks' practice facility (Solar 4 America Ice at San Jose), City Hall, San Jose-owned libraries and community centers, San Jose Civic, Montgomery Theater, California Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts, Fourth Street Summit Center, School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose History Park, San Jose Museum of Art, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose and the Tech Interactive will also require proof of full vaccination for 50-person events.
Certain events are exempt from the requirement, according to San Jose’s Frequently Asked Questions document. Hockey games, concerts, conventions and IMAX movies, specifically, are not exempt.
On the same day San Jose’s rule went into effect, indoor events with at least 1,000 people in California started requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test fr