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BART Brings Back Mask Mandate with $75 FinesBART Brings Back Mask Mandate with $75 Fines
By - posted 7/28/2022
COVID-19 Updates, Transportation

BART Board reinstitutes mask mandate effective immediately RELEASE DATE: July 28, 2022 The BART Board of Directors today voted to reinstitute a face mask requirement effective immediately until and inclusive of October 1, 2022, unless further extended by the board. The previous mask mandate expired on July 18, 2022. 10 days later more...

How to Get the NY Times for Free (Updated for 2022)How to Get the NY Times for Free (Updated for 2022)
By - posted 7/1/2022
Brand New, COVID-19 Updates

Reliable news is hard to find these days with the news changing every hour. The Chronicle and SFGate are great, but The New York Times does an excellent job of coronavirus coverage should you want a more national perspective. During the coronavirus era, there are two ways to access the NY more...

Mask Mandate is Back in Alameda County Starting June 3Mask Mandate is Back in Alameda County Starting June 3
By - posted 6/3/2022
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates, East Bay, Masks, Transportation

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation Alameda County health officials announced Thursday that they are reinstating the county’s indoor mask mandate as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase locally and across the Bay Area. The mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will apply to most indoor more...

BART Once Again Requires Masks (Through July 18)BART Once Again Requires Masks (Through July 18)
By - posted 4/28/2022
COVID-19 Updates

BART is once again requiring masks in their stations and aboard their trains after following a board meeting on April 28th. The rule is effective until July 18, 2022, unless it is extended by the BART Board. BART originally temporarily lifted the mask requirement on April 21st (along with Muni, AC more...

Chase Center Lifts All Vaccine Entry Rules Starting April 1stChase Center Lifts All Vaccine Entry Rules Starting April 1st
By - posted 3/21/2022
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates, San Francisco

Starting next month, eventgoers attending San Francisco’s Chase Center will no longer have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result, Chase Center officials said on Monday. The newly updated regulations at the Golden State Warriors’ home venue will go into effect on April 1 and are in more...

SF To End Most Vaccine Mandates on March 11SF To End Most Vaccine Mandates on March 11
By - posted 3/9/2022
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, COVID Testing, COVID-19 Updates, San Francisco, Vaccines

San Francisco and Berkeley announced big news today: The cities will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter certain indoor public settings. Individual businesses may choose to be more restrictive than SF’s guidelines; requirements remain in effect for indoor “mega” events of over 1,000 people. Will the more...

Masks Will Still Be Required in SF CourthousesMasks Will Still Be Required in SF Courthouses
By - posted 3/8/2022
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates, Masks, San Francisco

Although San Francisco will lift indoor mask requirements for most settings later this month in line with state guidelines, San Francisco Superior Court officials said Friday masks will still be mandatory inside courts. Earlier this week, state officials lifted the indoor mask requirements for unvaccinated people and schools, with city officials more...

Masks No Longer Required in SF's City Buildings Starting March 18Masks No Longer Required in SF’s City Buildings Starting March 18
By - posted 3/4/2022
COVID-19 Updates, Masks, San Francisco

In alignment with state guidance, indoor masking will no longer be required in City Hall and City facilities beginning on March 18, 2022, except for in public hearing rooms while in session. City facilities include libraries, recreation centers, offices, and other service sites operated by the City. The San Francisco Health Officer still strongly recommends that people wear masks in more...

California Restores Up to 80 Hours for COVID Paid LeaveCalifornia Restores Up to 80 Hours for COVID Paid Leave
By - posted 2/10/2022
COVID-19 Updates, Getting Help

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation California’s full-time workers will have access to up to 80 hours of COVID-specific paid sick leave through the end of September under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Wednesday. The policy, which state lawmakers approved earlier this week, requires businesses with more than 25 more...

SF to Officially Lift Mask Mandate February 16SF to Officially Lift Mask Mandate February 16
By - posted 2/9/2022
Brand New, COVID-19 Updates, Masks

In alignment with the State, the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley will lift universal mask requirements for most indoor public settings beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16.   Unvaccinated individuals over age 2 will continue to be more...

California Ends Mask Mandate Feb. 15 (But Will SF Follow?)California Ends Mask Mandate Feb. 15 (But Will SF Follow?)
By - posted 2/8/2022
COVID-19 Updates, Masks

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation California will roll back its mask requirement next week for vaccinated residents in most indoor spaces, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. The state implemented the mandate in mid-December as COVID-19 cases began to spike due to the highly infectious omicron variant, requiring residents to wear more...

Sonoma County Lifts Limits on Large Gatherings Feb. 11Sonoma County Lifts Limits on Large Gatherings Feb. 11
By - posted 2/5/2022
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation Sonoma County will lift its restrictions on large gatherings next week as the county’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, county Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said Friday. Mase issued a health order Jan. 10 capping indoor gatherings at 50 people and outdoor gatherings more...

Contra Costa County Lifts Vaccine Requirement for Indoor Businesses TodayContra Costa County Lifts Vaccine Requirement for Indoor Businesses Today
By - posted 2/4/2022
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates, East Bay, Indoor Dining, Vaccines

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation Contra Costa County announced Friday that it will lift its requirement that patrons of indoor businesses like restaurants and gyms verify their full vaccination status. County health officials said they chose to lift the requirement because 80 percent of all county residents have now completed more...

SF Ends Vax Mandate for Indoor Dining (Sort of)SF Ends Vax Mandate for Indoor Dining (Sort of)
By - posted 1/28/2022
Bars, COVID Testing, COVID-19 Updates, Indoor Dining, San Francisco

The new COVID health updates that were released by the San Francisco Department of Public Health on Thursday appear to give bars and restaurants to have more flexibility in deciding their own COVID rules. The new updates allow bars and restaurants to accept patrons for indoor dining who have a more...

California Academy of Sciences Will Start Requiring Boosters on Feb. 1California Academy of Sciences Will Start Requiring Boosters on Feb. 1
By - posted 1/27/2022
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates, Museums / Cultural Institutions

California Academy of Sciences has a new policy starting February 1, 2022. Although San Francisco has recently loosened its COVID health restrictions, the museum is taking a stricter approach. Cal Academy of Sciences New Booster Requirement For visits on February 1 and beyond, all guests ages 12+ must provide proof of full vaccination more...