LA County will require residents to show vax status for indoor bars, nightclubs & mega-events
LA County will require customers and staff at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and mega-events to prove COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test, County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced Wednesday.
Why it matters:
Before the bustling holiday season, the new health orders arrive over fears by health officials of a possible "twindemic" of flu and coronavirus.
Well over 25,000 Los Angeles County residents have died from complications related to COVID-19, per the AP.
Dr. Ferrer says the regulation will encourage vaccine confirmation, but it does not compel people to participate.
State of play: Starting on Oct. 7, both customers and employees will have to provide documentation that they at least have one dose of the vaccine and be fully vaccinated by Nov. 4.
The latest section of the COVID health order will require all attendees, staff, and performers to present confirmation of vaccination or a negative test within a 72-hour period of a 'mega-event.'
Mega-events are public events of at least 10,000 people or more, including sporting events, concerts, and theme parks.
Long Beach hasn't announced a similar vaccine verification order, but the Grand Prix asks race fans to show proof of vaccination, per LBP.
What they're saying: Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors, "This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges."