Reminder – September 22, 2021 – Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Result at Contra Costa restaurants, bars, and gyms


From Contra Costa Health Services

As of Sept. 22, 2021, everyone 12 years and older must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result, before going to high-risk indoor businesses such as restaurants, bars, and gyms in Contra Costa County. Workers at these businesses must be fully vaccinated or test weekly, starting Nov. 1, 2021.

We want to keep Contra Costa County businesses open and safe. Places where people remove masks to eat and drink indoors and where people breathe heavily during exercise, increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading. ​

Masks are still required indoors, even if you show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.​

Where to Show Proof of Vaccination

Everyone 12 years and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative test result before going into or working at a high-risk indoor place, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Theaters where food and beverages are served
  • Gyms
  • Recreation facilities
  • Yoga studios
  • Dance studios​

How to Show Proof of Vaccination

You can show proof of vaccination by showing photo ID and one of the following items:

  • Your CDC vaccination record card or a copy or photo of your card
  • Your digital vaccine record issued by the State of California
  • Documentation from your healthcare provider stating you’re fully vaccinated
     

People who are not vaccinated must show a negative COVID-19 test result received in the past three days. The results must be from a nucleic acid (PCR) or antigen test that detects a COVID-19 infection. These tests are available through your healthcare provider, county-run sites, and state-run sites. A letter from your healthcare provider stating the result of your COVID-19 test and the date the test was performed can also be used as proof. Results from at-home COVID-19 tests are not acceptable documentation and should not be used for this purpose.​​

Businesses & Workers

Starting Sept. 22, businesses that must verify vaccination or negative testing must ask each customer for photo identification and proof full vaccination or negative test result and ensure the names match on the records provided. Click here to read frequently asked questions about the health order.​​

This requirement only applies to indoor areas of businesses. No verification is required for outdoor dining or activities. Masked patrons who have not provided vaccine or testing verification may briefly enter a business that requires it to use the restroom, pick up or deliver food or goods, or perform other transactions that do not require them to be inside the business for an extended period.

Starting Nov. 1, 2021, workers at businesses serving food and drinks indoors or fitness facilities must show proof of full vaccination. If not fully vaccinated, workers must test for COVID-19 weekly and provide negative test results to their employer.​

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