On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to pass an ordinance requiring most patrons to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the “indoor portion of a covered location” of most businesses. Businesses include personal care, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, movie theaters, gyms, and shopping centers.
Any outdoor event with over 5,000 attendees will require proof of vaccine or negative Covid test. The order excludes grocery stores, retail establishments, and pharmacies. The council passed the ordinance with a vote of 11-2, with council members John Lee and Joe Busciano voting against the ordinance.
Mayor Garcetti has indicated he is ready to sign the bill to go into effect on November 4.
According to the LA Times, “These new rules will encourage more people to get the shot, and make businesses safer for workers and customers—so that we can save more lives, better protect the vulnerable, and make our communities even safer as we fight this pandemic.”
Councilmember president Nury Martinez said, “We need to both limit the transmission of the virus as well as make it inconvenient for those who are unvaccinated to access indoor venues and put lives in jeopardy. The stakes are too high.”
Yes, she said, “make it inconvenient.”
Here's the ordinance. Vax requirement will apply to anyone eligible for vax (even under EUA, which means 12+ for now). Spox for @MayorOfLA says Garcetti will sign it. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/j8K5F410cC
— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) October 6, 2021
The ordinance states, “A Covered Location shall require Proof of Vaccination upon the Patron’s first in-person interaction with staff. A Covered Location is required to cross-check Proof of Vaccination for each Patron who appears to be 18 years of age or older against Photo Identification.”
Indoor public spaces that fall under the ordinance will be required to post notices starting October 21 to notify customers about the vaccine requirement.
Customers can show written proof of a religious or medical exemption but must still use outdoor facilities only. If no outdoor facilities are available, the businesses must require the patron to show proof of a negative Covid test to enter the facility. If a customer has no exemption or negative test, they may go inside the facility to use the restroom or pick up a takeout order.
Yes, they can still go inside the facility for a short time.
Businesses that do not comply face escalating fines. The first violation is a warning and the second violation is a $1,000 fine—the fine increases to $5000 for the fourth and subsequent violations. The Department of Public Health and the Department of Building and Safety will be in charge of enforcing fines, starting November 29.
According to KFI, “The requirement will expire when the city lifts its emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic.” The emergency declaration was put into place by Mayor Garcetti last year.
These statements and rules make it appear like it’s not really about your health after all.
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