Starting next month, proof of vaccination will be required at indoor spaces like bars and clubs in L.A. County. The health order with this updated guidance is set to be issued later this week.
As of October 7th, people entering certain indoor spaces in Los Angeles County will be asked for proof of vaccination against Covid-19. This will apply to both patrons and employees. The list of spaces which will require proof of vaccination are indoor areas of bars, breweries, wineries, lounges and nightclubs throughout L.A County.
This health order and proof of vaccination will only apply to those who are vaccine-eligible, which is typically persons 12 years of age and older.
The only areas in the County where this health order will not apply is in Long Beach and Pasadena, because they have their individual public health departments.
Workers And Customers Should Have At Least One Dose By October 7th
To give people time to get their full vaccine shots, the requirement outlines that one vaccine dose for Covid-19 will be needed by October 7th, and the second dose will be required a month later by November 4th.
As for customers and workers at restaurants, L.A. County’s health order will recommend that people show proof of vaccination in order to be in the indoor areas. Note that this will only be a recommendation rather than a requirement at this time.
New Order Extends To Large Outdoor Gatherings Of 10,000 People Or More
For workers and guests to attend outdoor “mega events” of 10,000 people or more, including sports events (Dodgers, Rams games), a theme park or live shows, L.A. County will require proof of full vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test result take from within the previous three days. This will go into effect on October 7th.
Under the current restrictions in L.A. County, it is already required for guests to show proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test before attending large indoor gatherings of 1,000 people or more.
The Public Health Director of Los Angeles County, Barbara Ferrer, made a statement to the Board of Supervisors that this requirement is a preventative measure to slow the spread of the virus. The Board of Supervisors work as the County’s governing body.
”This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk for transmission and increased vaccination coverage,” said Ferrer during her announcement on Wednesday. “This is a reasonable path forward that can position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”
How To Show That You’re Vaccinated
There are plenty of ways to show your proof of vaccination, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be digitally.
According to the California Department of Public Health, people can show their CDC vaccination record card that you received upon being vaccinated or documentation of vaccination from their health care provider. A clear photocopy of the vaccination record card or a picture of the record card on your smartphone will also be accepted. You can read more on the official department website.
Announcement Comes After Relaxed Restrictions In Early Summer
This new health order will be a shift for Los Angelenos, most of whom enjoyed a lack of Covid restrictions from June when California fully reopened following successful vaccination progress throughout the state. Mask requirements were lifted and many non-essential businesses reopened after being closed for months.
Maui, Honolulu Among Other Counties In The U.S. Which Require Proof Of Vaccination To Access Non-Essential Activities
During the month of September, the Hawaii counties of Maui and Honolulu began their vaccine pass programs to attend some non-essential services as well as large gatherings in light of rising Covid cases on the islands. Officials stated that the moves were also to help prevent any potential need for a lockdown in the near future.
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