Oakland’s vaccination requirement for indoor facilities begins Feb. 1

The city of Oakland will soon require people age 12 and up to show proof of vaccination in order to access a suite of indoor spaces, including restaurants, concert venues and gyms.

Starting Feb. 1, proof of full vaccination will be required to enter entertainment venues, places where food or drink are served, gyms and fitness centers, senior care facilities, Oakland City Hall and large indoor events at both city-owned and privately owned facilities.

Adults will also be required to show a photo ID in addition to their proof of vaccination to verify their identity, according to the city.

People who have a valid medical exemption must show proof of that exemption and a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter the affected facilities. Visits to City Hall will only require proof of a negative test from within the previous 72 hours if the visitor can’t verify their vaccination status.

Short visits to the affected buildings will not require the presentation of a person’s vaccination status and will be allowed for a handful of reasons, including placing or picking up a to-go order, using a restroom or performing repairs.

The affected facilities will be required to post advisory notices about the vaccination requirement by Friday in an effort to inform residents and other patrons of the requirement.

The Oakland City Council approved the ordinance last month. Similar ordinances have already been enacted in several Bay Area jurisdictions, including San Francisco, Berkeley and Contra Costa County.

Information on the proof of vaccination requirement can be found HERE.

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