Beginning November 4, the Los Angeles City Council voted to compel patrons of indoor facilities such as restaurants, gyms, and movie theatres to produce proof of complete Covid-19 vaccination. In addition, personal care establishments, such as spas and hair salons, and city buildings, will be subject to the regulation. Even though the law doesn’t take effect until next month, businesses must post an advising notice about the obligation by October 21.
Individuals who qualify for medical or religious exemptions must fill out a document stating so. People who do not meet those qualifications are permitted to utilize a business’s outdoor spaces and will be allowed to use the bathrooms or pick up a takeout order in the covered areas. According to the city, patrons at significant outdoor events with at least 5,000 participants will be required to produce proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. A countywide proof of vaccination requirement is ready to take effect, prompting the 11-2 council vote.
Like many others throughout the country, the county has seen a decline in new Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Still, officials caution that getting vaccinated is the best way to keep the numbers from rising again. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, more Americans are getting booster doses than getting vaccinated for the first time or becoming fully immunized.