Los Angeles has passed one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country after the city council approved an ordinance requiring people to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before entering indoor spaces. Is.
From November 4, patrons of indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, shopping centers, entertainment venues and personal care establishments will have to comply with the new rule.
“Mega events” such as sporting fixtures, concerts and all indoor bars and nightclubs will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test.
Grocery stores and pharmacies are exempt from the ordinance, and the new law only comes with a “strong recommendation” for restaurants.
The council vote on Wednesday morning passed it with 11 votes, just short of the 12 votes needed for the measure to take effect immediately.
While the council was unanimous in drafting the measure when it voted in August, many members have expressed concern as they were informed in late September by the city’s chief legal analyst that there was no department to implement the new ordinance. was chosen.
The Department of Building and Security was identified as having the best position, but it does not have the necessary workforce to comply effectively.
Some council members nonetheless voted in favor but noted that while it was important to get to the requirement quickly, the details still needed to be worked out.
Enforcement of the new ordinance will begin November 29, with businesses violating the ordinance being fined $1,000 for its second violation, $2,000 for a third violation, and $5,000 for a fourth violation.
Patrons with medical conditions or sincere religious beliefs (the place the person is trying to enter should be reviewed) with evidence of a negative COVID test may be allowed to enter or use outdoor areas. will be allowed.
Similar policies have been implemented in New York and San Francisco, and West Hollywood, neighboring Los Angeles, will implement partial vaccination rules from October 7, and full vaccinations from November 4.
The city has seen three separate surges in COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths since the start of the pandemic, and local health officials are confident of preventing further spikes and ending COVID-19. The only way out is to speed up the pace of vaccination.
With reporting from City News Service
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