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Reopen San Diego Urges Restaurant Owners Say No To Vaccine Policies

Reopen San Diego holds rally outside of San Diego City Hall on July 30, 2021.

Photo by Alexandra Rangel

Above: Reopen San Diego holds rally outside of San Diego City Hall on July 30, 2021.

Reopen San Diego is a local group advocating for the full reopening of schools and businesses. It’s now asking restaurants to adopt their proclamation.

Supporters rallied outside of City Hall on Friday, asking businesses not to discriminate against unvaccinated customers.

Listen to this story by Alexandra Rangel.

Restaurant owner Alondra Ruiz says everyone is welcomed at her restaurant regardless of vaccine status. She’s urging other restaurants to do the same.

“No business, no politician, nor the government has any business requiring or pushing the agenda for vaccination identification,” said Ruiz, who owns The Village restaurant.

Jerry Sanders, president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said he’s in favor of asking workers for vaccine verification.

“We know that this can still be very deadly with people who have not been vaccinated," he said. "I don't think it’s too much to ask someone to wear a mask."

As of now, there are no county-wide vaccine mandates. San Diego County said it would require vaccine verification for its employees starting mid-August.

Those who are unvaccinated will have to undergo weekly testing.

The county is the latest to adopt a vaccine policy, with universities and other businesses following suit.

Reported by Alexandra Rangel


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Alexandra Rangel
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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI am a freelance reporter covering the latest news and issues surrounding the San Diego community. I’m always looking to shed light on issues that would otherwise go unreported.

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