Cal OSHA Withdraws Ordinance Requiring Masks Unless Everyone is Fully VaccinatedCalifornia’s workplace regulators have withdrawn a controversial pending mask regulation while they consider a rule that more closely aligns with Gov. Newsom’s promise that the state will fully reopen from the pandemic on Tuesday. Alex Biston reports. (6-10-21)
COVID Reopening: Cal/OSHA Withdraws Controversial Work Mask RulesLess than a week before the state fully reopens, the Cal/OSHA board unanimously withdrew masking rules which would’ve required every employee in a room to be full vaccinated before going maskless. The meeting was heated with hours of public comment. Andrea Nakano reports. (6/9/21)
COVID: High Vaccine Rates Put San Francisco On Path To Herd ImmunitySan Francisco could be the first major city in the U.S to reach herd immunity. Kenny Choi explains why.
State to Follow CDC Masking Guidelines June 15; No Masks Required for VaccinatedWilson Walker reports on reaction to state's announcement of masking guidance plans for after general June 15 COVID reopening (6-9-2021)
COVID Recovery: SF's Iconic Empress Of China Ballroom Transformed Into Upscale RestaurantThe iconic Empress of China ballroom in San Francisco's Chinatown is set to reopen as an upscale Chinese restaurant. Betty Yu gives us an exclusive look inside.
COVID: Stanford Part Of National Trials To Test Pfizer Vaccine On ChildrenNational trials are underway to test the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on children ages 5 through 11. As Ken Bastida shows us one site at Stanford, where some 2000 families signed up for 200 available slots.
San Francisco Supervisor Wants Pandemic Portable Toilets to Stay on StreetsAndria Borba reports on the debate over whether to keep portable toilets that had been set up during the pandemic in the streets (6-8-2021)
COVID Recovery: Palo Alto Businesses Debate Whether To Keep Temporary Road ClosuresAs the state's June 15 reopening date approaches there is a debate over the temporary road closures that helped local restaurants survive the pandemic. Kiet Do talked to businesses in Palo Alto.
COVID Recovery: Bay Area Small Businesses Count Down 1 Week Until Full ReopeningSmall businesses throughout the Bay Area are counting the days until the state lifts most COVID-19 restrictions on June 15. Juliette Goodrich reports. (6/7/21)
COVID Recovery: San Francisco City Hall Reopens For WeddingsFor the first time since the start of the pandemic, San Francisco reopened City Hall to in-person events. Mayor London Breed officiated the weddings of four couples. Andria Borba reports. (6/7/21)
Road To Recovery: BART adding service as ridership continues to improve as COVID-19 restrictions liftedBART adding service as ridership continues to improve as COVID-19 restrictions lifted
San Mateo County Fair Offer: Get the Shot, Get Free AdmissionHealth officials are looking for ways to convince unvaccinated people to get the shot. San Mateo County has come up with an incentive that may appeal to people from across the Bay Area -- at least those who long for summer. John Ramos reports. (6-5-21)
Cal OSHA Workplace Rules Slammed for Mask ConfusionNew rules approved by Cal/OSHA regarding masks in the workplace are generating resistance and questions, even by the agency itself. Kiet Do reports. (6-4-21)
Cal OSHA Issues Confused, Temporary Decision on Workplace Mask GuidelinesConflicted California workplace regulators approved controversial rules that allow workers to go maskless only if every employee in a room is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. (6-3-21)
Outdoor Dining, To-Go Cocktails, Maybe Masks Could Last Past June 15Even though June 15 is California's reopening date, workplace COVID rules are still being finalized by state regulators and Gov. Newsom. Kenny Choi reports. (6-3-21)
COVID Update: Infectious Disease Expert on Relaxing Mask RulesUCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi talks with Allen Martin. (6-3-21)
Marin County Businesses Relived About Return to Yellow TierEmily Turner reports on Marin County businesses getting to operate at higher capacities with return to Yellow Tier (6-2-2021)
East Bay City Hosting Fireworks Show To Deter Deadly Illegal OnesAfter battling dozens of vegetation fires, some sparked by fireworks, Contra Costa Fire is braced for a dangerous July 4th. Andrea Nakano reports one East Bay city is hosting an official fireworks show to prevent deadly illegal ones.
COVID Remains Risk For Unvaccinated In U.S. as Country Sees Lag in Vaccination RatesNatalie Brand reports on health officials seeing a growing lag in some state's residents being vaccinated (6-1-2021)
COVID Recovery: Santa Clara County May Most Vaccinated County Of Its SizeSanta Clara County is well on the road to recovery with only 12 new cases countywide and it may be one of the most vaccinated counties of its size. Maria Medina reports on its progress.
COVID: Southbay Businesses Frustrated By Mandatory Employee Vaccination ChecksThe deadline looms for Santa Clara County businesses to collect information about the vaccination status of their employees. But Devin Fehely tells us many feel it is an invasion of privacy.
High Percentage of Vaccinated Residents Makes SF a Low-Risk Setting for Summer FunMedical experts say Memorial Day 2021 is vastly safer than last year, particularly in San Francisco where 4/5ths of the population have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Andria Borba reports. (5-28-21)
Gov. Newsom Unveils $116 Million Giveaway to Vaccinated CaliforniansGov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday unveiled a $116.5 million vaccine incentive program that would offer cash prizes to people, including a $15 million cash prize that would be split between 10 people. Andrea Nakano reports. (5-27-21)
Stanford Researchers Raise Concerns About Long-Haul COVID-19 PatientsIn the Bay Area, the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are way, way down from earlier this year. Meanwhile, a new study from Stanford shows the health threat is far from over. Ken Bastida reports. (5/26/21)