President of the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance Ben Bleiman announced that indoor patrons would be required to have some kind of proof of either a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination.
Due to the rising number of cases among their employees, Bleiman along with other members of the group agreed that they would not serve indoor customers unless they could prove that they had tested negative or had gotten vaccinated, according to Fox News. (RELATED: California Launches Digital Passport For Residents To Prove They’ve Gotten Vaccine)
The SF Bar Owner Alliance, representing hundreds of establishments, will require proof of vaccination or 72 hour negative test for any patrons indoors. pic.twitter.com/x0DgTYad2q
— Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) July 26, 2021
“If people get convinced because of us, great. But, this is not a moral stand we’re taking. This is us looking at the data and saying we need to protect our staff now, before it’s too late,” Bleiman told local FOX affiliate KTVU.
He explained that proof of vaccine or COVID were only required for indoor customers, but there would be outdoor seating available for those who were not vaccinated or chose not to show proof.
“You’re not going to be told ‘no,’ but we are going to say please sit at our beer garden or pour parklet, we still want to accommodate all guess no matter what,” Texas Enkil, a manager at the Seven Stills Brewery and Distillery in Mission Bay said after instituting a similar policy.