Los Angeles to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at bars and nightclubs

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Punters and employees will have to give both doses of the vaccine by 4 November

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Los Angeles County has announced an order requiring all patrons and employees at indoor bars, nightclubs, lounges, wineries and breweries to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of entry.

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Board Reports that the order was announced by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Wednesday (Sept. 15). It states that all patrons and employees must receive at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7 and both doses by November 4. Punters must show proof of vaccination to enter any of the above locations.

The order also states that anyone attending or working in outdoor “mega-events” (with a capacity of 10,000 or more attendees) by October 7 must show proof of vaccination or show negative COVID-19 results. would be required. The test was received within 72 hours. This comes as an update to a previous mandate requiring the same for indoor events with over 1,000 punters.

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In a statement, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said: “We at Public Health believe that the targeted vaccination mandate is an important strategy to quickly increase vaccination coverage in our county and end the pandemic and we are proud of the President, our Governor. “Our Board of Supervisors, our city and school districts, and business establishments across the county to create additional protection in places where people are engaging with targeted vaccination mandates.”

LA joins a growing number of US cities that are implementing mandates that require guests to be vaccinated before entering indoor spaces. New York City was the first, having been ordered in early August. New Orleans and San Francisco followed suit, with more joining the fray in the following weeks.

Many bands and artists have begun setting their own standards for vaccine requirements, such as Foo Fighters and Spoon. Starting October 4, Live Nation will require all cast, crew and attendees to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative test, at their locations in the US and upcoming festivals.

Others have been less welcoming to the possibility: for example, Eric Clapton said in July that he would not perform any concerts that required proof of vaccination. Nicki Minaj also recently spoke out against mandatory vaccinations, saying she will get vaccinated when she feels she has “done enough research”.

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