LA to require COVID vaccinations for indoor gigs

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City council rule extends to cinemas, coffee shops, gyms and more

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Los Angeles is implementing a COVID vaccination requirement in indoor venues, including music venues.

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Starting today (October 7), Los Angeles County now requires proof of at least one vaccine dose to enter indoor venues, including bars, wineries, nightclubs and lounges. Proof of complete vaccination will be mandatory from 4th November.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles City Council has passed a new ordinance that goes into effect on Nov. People must show proof of vaccination to enter indoor music venues, cinemas, coffee shops, gyms, shopping centers and many other facilities.


As hay-stalker Further reports, LA city businesses that violate the new law will be subject to increased fines, which, however, will not be implemented until November 29. The mandate is intended to expire after the city’s emergency pandemic order is lifted.

Under this Los Angeles City Rule, Customers may submit a written waiver based on religious beliefs or medical reasons but may only use Outdoor Facilities.

If no outdoor facilities are available, they may provide a recent negative COVID test to enter an indoor space. Those who do not have a written waiver or proof of vaccination will still be able to briefly enter facilities to take takeout orders or use the bathroom.

Additionally, starting November 4, city law will require patrons of outdoor events with 5,000 or more people to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. However, the county-wide law will apply to outdoor events with 10,000 people.

Business groups have raised concerns about potential confusion as Los Angeles County is implementing its own set of vaccination rules for many local businesses and their customers. County orders already apply within LA city limits, but California cities can expand on county orders for vaccine requirements [via the Los Angeles Times].

The moves, which resonate in New York City, differ from conditions overseas such as in England.


For months the UK government touted plans for indoor venues and other establishments to allow patrons to be fully vaccinated against COVID. However, the government has stopped enforcing the rule in England, saying it has the option of making it unregulated.

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