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San Francisco’s Popular Zuni Cafe to Require COVID Booster Proof From Diners

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With the omicron variant outbreak growing larger every day, the owners of San Francisco’s popular Zuni Cafe have announced they will be requiring indoor diners to not only provide the city mandated proof of COVID vaccination but also confirmation they have gotten a booster shot.

They said the requirement — the toughest of any San Francisco restaurant — was being instituted to protect the health of its staff from the extremely contagious strain.

“We remain disinterested in invading your medical records and we have a strong desire to keep the guests and workers of Zuni Cafe safe,” the owners said on an Instagram post. “We look forward to a time when this will not be necessary.”

The owners said the booster requirement for indoor dining will go into effect on Wednesday, December 29th. There also is one exception.

“Diners 4 years and younger who are ineligible for vaccinations are welcome to dine indoors with their party,” the post said. “Diners without proof of vaccination are welcome as guests at our outdoor tables.”

Other Bay Area restaurants face also facing difficult choices as the omicron outbreak continues to grow.

“We had someone on the team test positive for COVID yesterday morning so we had to cancel the whole event and it’s incredibly frustrating,” said Imana, the creator of Hi Felicia Supper Club.

The project hosts dinners in Oakland as a pop-up but a restaurant is one of their goals for 2022. For now, their service is on hold and they will take January off to regroup.

Restaurants in Oakland and the South Bay have also posted limited service or temporary closures on social media.

“We’ve had such a year and 2021 was starting to look a little promising but it is what it is,” said Tracy Marin, the regional manager of Asian Box in San Francisco.

The Cow Hollow neighborhood in San Francisco has many restaurants with various degrees of COVID restrictions depending on the business. Some have stayed in a takeout only format, others kept the safety measures they first brought out at the beginning of the pandemic.

“We are telling our stores to bring back hand sanitizers, in the stores we are making sure that everyone is wearing the proper masks, we have sneeze guards up,” Marin told KPIX 5.

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association sent a newsletter to members on Monday encouraging the booster for any restaurant staff eligible for the additional dose as a way to protect from the omicron variant.

“It’s just the new normal I think, we have to get used to this new variant,” Imana said.

The California Restaurant Association said in a statement that the latest variant is evidence that the pandemic continues to impact restaurants. The CRA said the industry will need help to come out of the challenges of the past two years.

Article: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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Prior Infection, Vaccines Provide Best Protection From COVID

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A new study that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.

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UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt in Horrific San Jose Collision

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two pedestrians were killed and another injured Tuesday night after they were struck crossing Almaden Expressway in San Jose.

According to San Jose police, officers responded to the area of Almaden Expressway and Foxworthy Ave. for a traffic collision involving a vehicle and three pedestrians at approximately 8:24 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Almaden Expressway in the No. 1 lane in the area of Foxworthy Ave.

The Toyota then struck three adult pedestrians who were crossing Almaden Expressway outside of any marked crosswalk. The pedestrians were crossing from the west side towards the east side of the expressway.

The investigation has also revealed that the vehicle had a green light at the intersection.

Two male pedestrians were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead. A third female victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The identity of the victims will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after their next of kin are notified.

The driver, who also sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, was cooperating with the investigation. There was no indication of drug or alcohol influence.

San Jose police said it was the 6th fatal collision and victims number 6 and 7 of 2022. This is also the 4th and 5th pedestrian fatalities of 2022.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective Templeman #3566 of the San José Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

Original Post: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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US Faces Wave of Omicron Deaths in Coming Weeks, Models Say

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The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, yet COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing. Deaths could top 1 million by early spring. “It unfortunately is going to get worse before it gets better,” an epidemiologist said.

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