Covid rules are relaxed in San Francisco; Boston Vax warrant suspended by judge

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San Francisco is relaxing its masking mandate in gyms and offices, if people are vaccinated, and will relax vaccine proof requirements for indoor sports arenas, restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, in Boston, a judge has ruled that some union workers in the city won’t have to get vaccinated under a warrant. The media covers other movements into and away from mandates across the country.

Los Angeles Times: San Francisco relaxes mask and vaccination proof rules as Omicron backs off

San Francisco will relax its order of COVID-19 masks for vaccinated gym members and office workers, and relax rules requiring proof of vaccination when entering large indoor sports arenas, restaurants, bars and gyms, allowing unvaccinated people to enter if they present proof of a recent negative test. The move comes as Omicron’s surge flattens after weeks of record high infections. San Francisco has one of the most robust vaccination rates in California and has a relatively high recall rate. (Lin II, 1/27)

AP: Judge suspends COVID vaccination mandate for some city workers

Boston’s vaccination mandate will not go into effect Monday for some city employees, following a judge’s order Thursday. A Massachusetts Court of Appeals judge has issued a temporary suspension of the warrants of union firefighters and some union police officers who challenge it. The judge ruled that the vaccine warrant would be suspended pending consideration of a lower court order. (1/27)

The Hill: Mississippi Bill would ban requiring vaccination of employees with ‘sincere religious objection’

The Republican-controlled State House in Mississippi on Thursday passed a bill that would prohibit public and private employers from requiring workers with “honest religious objection” to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The proposed bill, HB 1509, would also prohibit a number of government entities, including state agencies, public colleges, and city and county governments, from denying services or denying employment to unvaccinated people. (Oshin, 1/27)

In other covid warrants news —

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Culinary Union Members Ask Health District to Investigate Hotels, Casinos for Violating State Law

Culinary union members called for justice and daily room cleaning at a rally Thursday outside the Southern Nevada Health District. Hundreds of bed and breakfast attendants and other hotel and casino workers gathered in the parking lot around 5:30 p.m., calling on the department to investigate employers for violating a law that partly requires hotels and other lodging properties in Clark and Washoe counties to perform daily room cleanings. . Union leaders said they heard from workers that daily room cleaning was not taking place. The law, which was approved in August 2020 and amended in June, requires daily room cleaning, enhanced cleaning, hand washing, masks and training, as well as testing and contact tracing. It covers more than 300,000 workers in Nevada, according to the union. (Wilson, 1/27)

Los Angeles Times: California regulations limit ICE to re-detain immigrants released due to COVID

Immigration authorities must preserve coronavirus safety measures that allow for social distancing and vaccination mandates for staff and inmates at two California detention centers, according to a class-action settlement reached Thursday. The settlement also limits the power of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to re-detain hundreds of immigrants who were released following the trial. The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a lawsuit in April 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, to challenge unsafe conditions at the Mesa Verde ICE processing facility in Bakersfield and the Yuba County jail, north of Sacramento. (Castillo, 1/27)

New Hampshire Public Radio: Spread of COVID-19 misinformation by NH lawmakers shows no signs of stopping

As Speaker Sherman Packard testified before the House Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday about his proposal to bar the state from enforcing federal vaccine mandates, his comments appeared to be an effort to establish the Republican-led House doctrine on vaccine policy: “We reject mandates, but we strive to accommodate people who have a legitimate reason, whether it be a religious, medical or real fear of this vaccine,” Packard said. “I know there are people who have a legitimate fear of this vaccine.” (Rogers, 1/28)

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The Washington Post: Sarah Palin, unvaccinated and tested positive, dines out again, flouting New York health measures

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated and revealed this week that she had tested positive for coronavirus, dined again at a New York restaurant on Wednesday evening, flouting local measures health and safety calling for isolation of positive cases. Elio’s, an Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side, faced backlash after Palin dined inside the establishment on Saturday, in violation of the city’s dining mandate requiring people to present a proof of vaccination. … Palin was seen having dinner in a heated outdoor area of ​​the restaurant. The city’s vaccination requirement does not apply to outdoor dining. (Beautiful, 1/27)

Politico: New York mayor blames Palin for dining out while infected with Covid-19

New York Mayor Eric Adams slammed Sarah Palin on Thursday for visiting several Manhattan restaurants while infected with Covid-19. Palin has sat out for at least three outdoor meals over the past week while ignoring city rules and recommendations to prevent the virus from spreading. . On Thursday, the mayor’s office said his behavior put New Yorkers at risk. (Anuta, 1/27)

The Washington Post: Marvel Star Evangeline Lilly Attended Coronavirus Vaccine Warrant Rally

Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly – known for her role in TV series ‘Lost’ and as the Wasp in Marvel movies – said she went to an anti-vaccine rally in DC last weekend to uphold “bodily sovereignty”. The protest, which took place on the National Mall, appeared to be the same event where political scion and anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. referenced Anne Frank in a speech to imply that Jews had more freedoms during the Holocaust than unvaccinated Americans. do today. (Kennedy later apologized after being widely reprimanded, including by the Auschwitz Memorial.) (Cheng, 1/28)

The Hill: Jewish groups raise alarm as anti-vaccination movement invokes Holocaust

Jewish groups are on high alert after a series of recent incidents in which individuals opposed to COVID-19 vaccination mandates invoked the Holocaust to oppose vaccinations. The most notable example came last weekend when Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at an anti-vaccine mandate rally in Washington, D.C. seemed to suggest that unvaccinated Americans have fewer freedoms than Anne. Frank. (Schnell, 1/27)

AP: Anti-Mask Anger forces Colorado Children’s Museum to close

A Colorado children’s museum is the latest victim of harassment by people angry at mask mandates designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Denver Children’s Museum on the Marsico campus, for decades a popular downtown attraction primarily for people 8 and under, temporarily closed Wednesday due to escalating harassment of staff by adult visitors angry at a mandate requiring everyone aged 2 and over to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. (Anderson, 1/27)

The Boston Globe: Father of unvaccinated man who was denied heart transplant says son received heart pump

The family of a Massachusetts man who claims he was denied a heart transplant because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19 is speaking out this week, saying they are devastated by a hospital policy that says that he is not eligible to have the procedure. David Ferguson Jr., known as DJ, has been receiving treatment in Boston hospitals since late November after suffering complications from atrial fibrillation and deteriorating heart failure, according to a fundraising appeal by his mother, Tracey. Ferguson. Brigham & Women’s Hospital officials told the 31-year-old he was not eligible for the transplant, according to the fundraising message, because he had not been vaccinated against the deadly virus. (Bowker, 1/27)

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