Los Angeles County joins New York City, San Francisco, and New Orleans in implementing a mandatory vaccine mandate. On Friday, Los Angeles will issue a new order, mandating a covid vaccination card be presented at all indoor bars, breweries, wineries, nightclubs, and lounges. People wanting to attend outdoor mega-events, like Dodgers or Ram’s games, will also need to show their vaccination card or proof of a negative Covid test.
The orders will require patrons to have their first shot by October 7th and their second shot by November 4th. Currently, the order only strongly recommends but does not require vaccination for indoor restaurants. Instead, indoor restaurants will continue to require masks. For mega-events over 10,000 people, attendees need a vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of the event, attendees and workers will need to be masked. Vaccinations or negative tests go into effect for mega-events by October 7th.
County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said, “County health officials “believe that targeted vaccine mandates are now a very important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage across our county and ending the pandemic.” According to the LA Times Tracker, about 67% of Angelenos have been at least partially vaccinated against Covid-19.
The order will go into effect for all of LA County, except Long Beach and Pasadena. Each city has its own public health departments. Long Beach has already decided to align itself with the county’s orders. A Pasadena spokesperson said, “The city is “waiting to review the health order to determine how we’ll move forward.”
Ferrer said the reason bars were chosen to be part of this order is because health inspectors noted settings where, “For the most part, all of the patrons, all the customers are there without a mask on — mostly because they have a drink in hand. They’re walking around, and there’s a lot of dancing, there’s a lot of close contact with lots and lots of people.” She also told those businesses that patrons could prove their vaccination status by showing a picture of their card, their physical card, or using digital records provided by the state or county.
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