Los Angeles Imposes Proof of Vaccination Mandate for Indoor Venues

by | Oct 14, 2021 | News | 0 comments

Beginning today, October 14th, indoor venues across Los Angeles must require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry. This includes bars, wineries, and nightclubs.

Currently, the mandate only requires proof of one vaccine shot. Starting on Thursday, November 4th, however, patrons will be required to show proof of full vaccination. As of the same day, outdoor events with 10,000 or more attendees and workers must show proof of full vaccination. Recent proof of a negative COVID-19 test will also be permitted.

In response, the Los Angeles County Business Federation released a statement arguing that the new rules will put businesses at a “competitive disadvantage to other neighboring areas.” It also raised concerns about false accusations.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defended the mandate, saying, “These new rules will encourage more people to get the shot, and make businesses safer for workers and customers.”

Patrons with no proof of vaccination can enter venues to use the restroom or pick up takeout orders. Additionally, customers with a written note detailing their sincerely held religious belief against vaccination must be allowed entry. Notes describing medical reasons for not being vaccinated are permitted as well.

The mandate will stay in place until the city lifts its COVID-19 emergency declaration.

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