Most San Francisco restaurants say mandate has sparked conflict
After just over a month of San Francisco requiring restaurants and bars to check patrons for vaccination status, the city is finally learning about the impact the mandate has had on the hospitality industry.
In a survey given to members of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, the majority (79%) of the 151 responses reported “very few issues” with customers’ willingness to show proof of vaccination. That’s despite 52% stating that one or more employees experienced a conflict related to verification.
Laurie Thomas, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, told SFGATE she was “a little disappointed” to hear there are restaurants still experiencing issues, but said, “The overwhelming majority have not had very many issues, which is, I think, a testament to San Francisco and our residents, and our visitors right now.”
For restaurants that cater more to tourists than local residents, there was initial concern over how to inform patrons of the vaccination card mandate, especially for those who are traveling from areas with less restrictive COVID-19 requirements. Bob Partrite, chief operating officer of Simco Restaurants — which owns a number of dining establishments on Pier 39, including Pier Market and Fog Harbor — said that when the vaccine card checks were first announced by the city, he was very concerned about how people were going to take it and what it would mean for his restaurants.
Overall, however, Partrite reported that requiring proof of vaccination has “gone over much better than I anticipated.”
“It’s been a rough bumpy road for the last 17 months with every state, every county doing their own thing and having different mandates and different rules, regulations, and ordinances — I think the public is very confused on what they can do and what they can’t do,” Partrite said. “So the fact that the whole city of San Francisco instituted a mandate that a proof of vaccination was required, it was somewhat of a relief that we didn’t have to make that choice [of], ‘Are we going to do it? Are we not going to do it?’”
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French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
French President Emmanuel Macron faced significant criticism for his comments claiming that he would like to “piss off” unvaccinated individuals.
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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