San Jose this week approvedmandating that anyone entering city-owned facilities such as the SAP Center for large events must prove they received a booster shot or tested negative for COVID-19.
The new order replaces the city’s previous vaccination mandate and there are some important changes that you should be aware of before heading out to watch a game or see a play in San Jose.
What does this new order say exactly?
It says anyone who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine shots, including boosters, must prove they’ve been inoculated or tested negative before attending an indoor event of 50 or more people at a city-owned facility. In addition to attendees, the order applies to employees, players and performers.
Why is the city enforcing such a rule?
Mayor Sam Liccardoin late December in an effort to curb the COVID-19 surge fueled by the rapidly-spreading omicron variant. The City Council as an additional precautionary step.
How is this different than the city’s previous proof-of-vaccination requirements?
San Jose previously required that attendees of events of 50 or more people at public facilities show proof they were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning they had received two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one shot of Johnson & Johnson. People with a negative COVID test result were barred from entering unless they were also fully dosed.
The new mandate is more lenient, allowing those who have not yet received a booster shot to enter if they show a negative COVID-19 test result.
Why is the city allowing negative tests now when before it didn’t?
City spokesperson Carolina Camarena says the change was made to align with federal guidance and requirements from the California Department of Public Health.
How do you prove you’ve had a negative test?
People can either show a printed document, email, text message or phone photo of the test result. The proof must come from a test provider or laboratory that shows a negative result from a recent PCR or an antigen COVID-19 test. It also must include the person’s name, type of test performed and date of the test.
As recommended by the California Department of Public Health, antigen test results must be received within one day and PCR tests within two days before entering an event.
When does this rule take effect?
What facilities are subject to this rule?
- City Hall
- City-owned libraries
- City-owned community centers
- SAP Center
- Solar 4 America Ice
- San Jose McEnery Convention Center
- California Theatre
- San Jose Civic
- Montgomery Theater
- Center for the Performing Arts
- Fourth Street Summit Center
- School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
- San Jose History Park
- San Jose Museum of Art
- Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
- The Tech Interactive
The mandate does not apply to venues such as museums or the airport where people regularly circulate, unless such venues host qualifying events of 50 or more people in a confined space.
Are there instances where this mandate doesn’t apply at public venues?
Yes. The mandate only applies to events with 50 or more people.
Individuals walking into a city library to pick up books or attending a city council meeting or taking part in a senior nutrition program at a public community center would not be required to show proof of a booster shot or provide a negative test result.