L.A. COUNTY TO REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINATION
AT BARS, NIGHTCLUBS AND MORE
Big props to L.A. County for implementing a new public health order to take effect starting October 7 that will have massive ramifications on the hospitality and events industry by requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to gain entry to a multitude of public events and spaces, including bars and nightclubs. All that’s missing is restaurants and movie theaters.
The health order, which will go into effect on October 7, will mandate proof of vaccination or a negative test for any outdoor over 10,000 people, and for all indoor spaces at nightclubs, bars, lounges, breweries, and distilleries. The health order stops short of mandating proof of vaccination or a negative test for restaurants.
L.A. County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer stated, “[I] believe that targeted vaccine mandates are now a very important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage across our county and ending the pandemic.’’
As the delta variant continues to move throughout Los Angeles County (despite recently falling hospitalizations and case rate numbers) the health order is designed to keep the spread below the raging infection and death rates in Florida and Texas. New York City mandated a similar policy on August 16, making it the first U.S. city to do so since the pandemic began; that public health order is already in action.
Locally, the City of West Hollywood already has its own vaccine mandate, which is set to take effect on October 11. In Los Angeles County, the L.A. County Department of Public Health (DPH) oversees public health orders and mandates for every community outside of Long Beach and Pasadena. It is not currently clear if either or both will take up the same mandate and timeline, though historically each has usually aligned with the L.A. County DPH on public health matters.
The incoming public health order is set to be more formally announced this week and will take effect on October 7. So far, the public health order does not mandate proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for indoor restaurants (it simply “strongly recommends” it), though more than a few businesses have already begun to make such mandates on their own.
Photography Above Courtesy Of: L.A. County
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