San Francisco has become the second major city to require proof of vaccination to enter indoor businesses, including gyms, restaurants, and entertainment venues, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California and Tennessee.
- California: San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced the city will require individuals to show proof of full vaccination to enter indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues, the Associated Press reports. The mandate will go into effect Aug. 20, but businesses will have an additional two months to confirm their employees' vaccination status "to preserve jobs while giving time for compliance." People who are not eligible to be vaccinated, including children under 12, will be exempt from the mandate. San Francisco is the second major city to require people show proof of vaccination after New York City announced a similar mandate earlier this month. However, San Francisco's mandate is more stringent than NYC's. (Rodriguez/Nguyen, Associated Press, 8/12)
- California: AEG Presents, the second-largest live music company in the world, announced on Thursday that it will require customers show proof of vaccination at 48 of its clubs and theaters across the United States. In addition, the policy will apply to festivals organized by AEG, including Coachella, Firefly, and Day N Vegas. According to NPR, the policy will go into effect Oct. 1. Until then, customers and venue staff can submit a negative Covid-19 test for entrance. In a press release, Shawn Trell, AEG's general counsel, said, "Certain states' regulations may override our mandate, or a few artists may not want to immediately get on board with the plan. But we know that using our platform to take a strong position on vaccinations can make an impact." (Limbong, NPR, 8/12)
- Tennessee: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare last week named Tim Slocum president of Methodist University Hospital. Slocum has served as interim president at the hospital since December 2020 and originally joined the organization as COO in 2019. Previously, Slocum held leadership roles—including VP of system support services—at Navicent Health in Georgia. (Jensik, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/10; Bolton, Memphis Business Journal, 8/12)