“I will not verify 100%”: the warrant for indoor vaccination arrives in Contra Costa County, some companies are already pushing back

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) – Another Bay Area county is set to require proof of coronavirus vaccination for most indoor environments like restaurants and gyms, but everyone is not on board in Contra Costa County.

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Kimberly Marion of Walnut Creek was having dinner out in Danville on Tuesday. She has no problem showing her vaccination card the next time she eats inside a restaurant.

“I totally support this, I think it is necessary that everyone gets vaccinated,” she said.

Contra Costa County issues vaccination warrant, requiring anyone 12 years of age and older to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before entering restaurants and indoor gyms, all of this because coronavirus rates are still high.

“We are still very concerned about the Delta variant,” said Contra County Supervisor John Gioia.

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“It’s a little awkward to pull out the phone or show a card, but it saves lives,” said Steve Velardi of Alamo.

Similar mandates are now part of the law in San Francisco and Berkeley.

At Cocina Hermanas de Danville, the owners say checking vaccination cards will be another challenge for staff after a difficult year of doing business.

“We try to stay on top to keep customers safe so we can stay open,” said owner Darren Matte.

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Incontro Restaurante owner Bernadette Moufarrej says some of her clients are not vaccinated, either by choice or because they have underlying health issues.

“How can I refuse them? They are regulars, I know several who are regulars. I will comply but I will not do 100%,” she said.

The county says it is focusing on education for now, but will consider fines for companies that fail to comply. The health decree comes into force on September 22.

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