In case you need another good reason to get that third shot, here are a few good ones: At least two restaurants in San Francisco now require proof of a recall for dine-in customers. Cassava, the destination-worthy all-day restaurant in Outer Richmond, posted the decision on Instagram on Tuesday, December 21; Zuni Cafe, the iconic wedge-shaped restaurant on Market, announced the change Tuesday night also via Instagram.
With restaurants among the first in the city — and the country — to adopt this requirement, it’s no surprise to see San Francisco business owners beginning to move in this direction. Throughout the pandemic, restaurants and bars in the Bay Area have always been proactive in voluntarily adapting their business practices to reflect the latest health recommendations – from the closure of indoor restaurants to the requiring proof of vaccination — almost always acting before city officials rescind official warrants.
San Francisco has required proof of vaccination to eat and drink indoors since August 2021, but health officials currently consider anyone who has received two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be fully vaccinated. Increasingly, however, and especially in light of the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, health experts are urging anyone in a position to get a booster – six months after the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine or Moderna or two months after Johnson & Johnson single dose. While there’s still a lot we don’t know about Omicron, lab tests have indicated that getting a booster boosts the body’s level of anti-virus antibodies significantly.
And while officials have yet to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to reflect the medical argument that vaccinated people should receive a booster shot, business owners across the country are once again taking matters into their own hands. . On December 20, the Chicago Bakery and Cafe Bakery Miller became the first company in the Windy City to enforce a back-up proof requirement for indoor diners – although the bakery has since closed its restaurants completely. inside following “hatred and threats from the anti-vaccine crowd,” per an Instagram post on Tuesday. On Wednesday, December 22, New York restaurant mogul Danny Meyer also announced that the company would begin requiring booster shots for customers wishing to dine indoors.
In an emailed statement on Wednesday, the restaurant trade group, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, continued to encourage restaurant staff to get vaccinated, but refrained from encouraging proof of warrant of reminder for the guests. “We recognize that each restaurant has their own unique needs and reasons for establishing indoor dining policies that best suit them and we encourage customers to contact before dining at their favorite restaurant to find out the restaurant’s policies,” part of the release says.
One thing is clear: in the face of uncertainty around Omicron and in the midst of the high-volume holiday season, Bay Area restaurant and bar owners are hungry for guidance. A number of business owners have chosen to close as staff test positive for the virus; others are doing their best to keep the doors open and move forward. Until there is action from city health officials, it looks like restaurateurs will have to continue navigating the pre-Christmas nightmare as best they can.