New county health order requires proof of vaccination or recent negative test result to enter certain indoor businesses
By Craig Lazzeretti
Assistant managing editor
Wednesday, Sept. 15 (9:55 a.m.): Starting Wednesday, Sept. 22, Contra Costa County residents will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative test result to enter certain indoor businesses, including Rossmoor’s Tice Creek Fitness Center and Creekside Grill and Bar.
The new health order applies to customers entering restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses where there is an elevated risk of the virus spreading, Contra Costa Health Services said in a Sept. 14 news release announcing the new order.
In Rossmoor, members and visitors to Tice Creek Fitness Center as well as the Tice pools will need show proof they are fully vaccinated, or a negative COVID-19 test result from the past three days. In addition to Creekside Grill, the same requirement will apply to attendance at events held inside GRF facilities where food and drink is served and/or consumed. That includes the indoor option for the Friday Lunch Program sponsored by the Recreation Department as well as club-sponsored events.
GRF advises residents to keep in mind the following things in light of this new health order:
- Allow extra time for check-in. If attending a fitness class, consider coming 10 to 15 minutes prior to the class to allow enough time for check-in.
- To make things easier, residents should consider keeping a photo of both sides of their COVID-19 vaccine card in their phone photo album. They may also download a digital record of their vaccine by going to https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/
- Rossmoor clubs or residents with private rentals are responsible for checking the vaccination status of all attendees at events held inside GRF facilities whenever the rental includes the serving of food or beverages. Contact the Recreation Department for additional information.
- Masks are still required indoors at all GRF facilities regardless of vaccination status, except when dining.
The new health order also requires employers to ensure that staff at these venues are fully vaccinated or provide evidence of a negative test result prior to the start of each new work week. This requirement is effective Monday, Nov. 1. GRF has already taken steps to implement this requirement for all staff effective Monday, Sept. 27.
The county’s decision to join San Francisco, Berkeley and other communities across the country in requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test result to gather indoors comes on the heels of a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this summer stemming from the highly infectious delta variant and unvaccinated residents.
“While the peak of the surge seems to have passed, data show the county’s daily case rate remains as high as it was last February,” Contra Costa Health Services said in the news release.