Long Beach to require proof of vaccination to enter bars, wineries, & breweries
Long Beach health officials announced late Wednesday that they would adjust their health orders to require residents to provide proof of vaccination to enter "bars, wineries, breweries, and distilleries that do not serve food."
Why it matters: The order follows Los Angeles County's vaccination verification requirement for customers and employees to enter indoor areas.
Similar to LA County's new health order, Long Beach requires both customers and employees to be partially vaccinated by Oct. 7 and fully vaccinated by Nov. 4.
Outside mega-events of 10,000 or more people will have to verify vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before attending.
Before entering the event, people attending indoor mega-events were already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.
The City has already adopted a mask mandate in advance of the Acura Grand Prix, which will take place in September.
Yes, but: The order does not apply to restaurants; the city "strongly recommends," establishments like restaurants to verify customers and staff's vaccine status.
What they're saying:
The Long Beach Health Department wrote in their statement that " Data show that those who are 18-34 years old are least likely to be vaccinated and are being infected at higher rates than other age groups," and that "ndoor bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries are considered some of the most high-risk settings and have the highest instances of interaction without masks."