LA to require proof of coronavirus vaccination at indoor restaurants, other venues

Anyone working or patronizing an indoor bar, winery, brewery, nightclub or lounge in Los Angeles County will have to show proof of at least partial vaccination against COVID-19 starting late tonight.

The new rule — which according to the county health order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight — recommends, but does not require, vaccine verification for employees and customers of indoor portions of restaurants.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 Wednesday in favor of adding the rule to its Municipal Code after postponing the vote last week due to questions about enforcement, fines and the possibility of confusion.

When the health order kicks in, workers and customers will have to show proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine beginning at 11:59 p.m. Proof of a second dose will be required beginning Nov. 4.

The county order falls well short of the more restrictive regulation adopted Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council. That order, which will take effect Nov. 6 or 7, will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for entry to indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, shopping centers, entertainment venues and personal care establishments in the city of Los Angeles. 

The city’s ordinance, which does not include grocery stores and pharmacies, is believed to be the strictest of its kind in the country.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county opted to limit its vaccination requirement to adult-oriented establishments, which are already required to verify customers’ age. She said adding a vaccine check should not require additional staffing or be unduly onerous to the businesses (Democratic Underground).




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