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Santa Rosa Junior College vaccine mandate is in place.

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With a unanimous vote Tuesday afternoon by the six members of the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees, the school officially adopted a vaccine mandate for staff, faculty, trustees and students of Sonoma County’s single largest educational institution.

Individuals in any of those groups who plan to step foot on campus will have until Oct. 15 to verify with the junior college they are vaccinated, or else test weekly for COVID-19 through the rest of the semester. Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the option to test will expire, and anyone working or learning on campus will need to have verified they are vaccinated.

The mandate — similar to those in place for California’s university and state college systems — puts SRJC in line with the majority of California’s 73 community college districts, 46 of which have implemented vaccine mandates on their campuses, a spokesman from the Chancellor’s Office said.

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Local Barrel taproom in Santa Rosa closing due to coronavirus pandemic

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Beth Schanker / The Press Democrat

Local Barrel, a popular downtown Santa Rosa taproom opened four years ago, will close on Saturday as a result of a lack of business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Owner Drew Ferrante noted in a Facebook post that he could not continue operating as a result of business restrictions imposed under local and state public health orders, which have barred indoor dining and drinking since July 13.

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Hospital workers in Santa Rosa hold 5-day strike over pay during coronavirus pandemic

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Hundreds of workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital began a five-day strike this morning. The workers on strike include nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, dietary aides, housekeepers and medical technicians – as many as 700 essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

The workers have been without a cotnract for a year.

Negotiations between the National Union of Healthcare Workers and Memorial hospital management have broken down. Federal mediators have been brought in.

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