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Contra Costa to join numerous other Bay Area cities with so-called 'vaccine passports'

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(CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif.) Contra Costa County will join San Francisco and Berkeley in requiring patrons to prove they are fully vaccinated before entering a business where they would remove their masks to eat, drink or exercise, according to a health order issued Tuesday.

The order will take effect Sept. 22 and will require that all bars, restaurants and gyms in the county make sure patrons are vaccinated prior to entry. Dance and yoga studios are included under the order.

Anyone 12 years or older will need to provide proof of full vaccination including a photo ID and either a vaccination card or a photo of both the ID and card. Without that proof, patrons must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past three days.

Workers at those establishments must provide proof of vaccination by Nov. 1 or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests.

San Francisco and Berkeley have already instituted similar measures and San Jose now requires anyone attending an event with 50 or more people to provide proof of vaccination.

"This order is necessary now to save lives, protect our overburdened healthcare system and slow the pandemic enough to keep our schools open," said county health officer Dr. Chris Farnitano in a written statement Tuesday. Farnitano elaborated that reducing community transmission is critical to prevent continual spikes as we've seen over the past month and a half.

As of Monday, the county averaged about 39 new cases per 100,000 residents per day of last week. According to the county's COVID-19 data, only 2.6 cases per day were fully vaccinated people.

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