SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – San Francisco’s new proof of vaccination policy affects many places tourists are likely to frequent, such as restaurants, bars and clubs.
While some are taken by surprise, most tourists seemed to be aware of the new policy before arriving here.
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“The person I’m visiting said, ‘Make sure you bring your card!’ So I did that and it was super easy, ”said tourist Trevor Thernes.
An executive from Pier 39 told KPIX 5 he was pleasantly surprised at how most tourists have handled the city’s new policy at their five full-service restaurants. According to the executive, only a handful had no way of showing evidence or were unaware of the politics.
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Hotel Council, SF Travel and the SF Chamber of Commerce continue to advance their “We Are Vaxxed” public awareness campaign.
“Caltrans will set up electronic signage. I actually made a call Monday with my friends at BART to see what they can do to put up the signs, said Laurie Thomas, executive director of GGRA.
They hope to make sure customers – especially tourists and business travelers – are aware of the new policy.
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“What we don’t want are people who are not fully vaccinated – maybe they got an injection but they didn’t get their second injection and they didn’t get it. two weeks after that second injection or they haven’t had two weeks. their J&J shot – for showing up in San Francisco and making plans and spending money to get here and then are disappointed, ”said Thomas: “Where conflict arises is when someone is embarrassed or disappointed.”
At San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, several travelers told KPIX 5 they were aware of the policy before they arrived, including Frank Penna, here from western New York.
“I knew it, so I brought my card. I don’t mind, ”he said.
Visiting Saudi Arabia Ibtisam Daqqa was also aware of this policy.
“Recently they said everyone is supposed to be fully vaccinated to go around,” she said.
Some tourists told KPIX 5 that the new policy makes them more comfortable visiting businesses in San Francisco.
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“I love it. It’s the best,” Thermes said. “I wish LA would do it.”