Many of San Jose’s most popular venues are now open only to the vaccinated, per a new vaccine mandate that went into effect September 20 through a unanimous vote by the San Jose City Council.
The new restrictions require proof of vaccination for any events held at city-owned facilities with 50 or more people. A CDC vaccination card, a photo of your card, a note from a doctor, or a QR code from the state vaccine database all will be accepted as valid confirmation.
The mandate covers popular venues like the SAP Center, San Jose Convention Center, San Jose Civic Theater, City Hall, libraries and community centers, and much more.
Proof of a negative COVID-19 test will no longer grant entrance to large events at city-owned facility unless under 12 years old or those with a religious or medical exemption.
Religious and medical exemptions to the mandate are as follows:
- Medical and religious exemption are allowed at the discretion of the venue
- Viable medical exemption will require proof in writing that includes the full name of the person and a signature from a medical professional
- Religious exemption will also require writing that includes the person’s name
- if exempt from the vaccine mandate under the above, a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours still will be required for entry;, antigen or molecular point of care tests are recommended.
California’s new mandates also went into effect on Monday. Differing from San Jose, the state will accept proof of vaccination or negative test results to attend indoor gatherings of over a thousand attendees.