LA City Council approves sweeping COVID vaccine mandate to enter restaurants, malls, Mayor Garcetti signs executive order – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a sweeping executive order that will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, malls and other businesses.

The regulation was approved by 11-2 margin. It needed 12 votes to pass with an emergency clause, which would have made it possible to take effect immediately. Instead, it is the earliest it can take effect, in a month or on November 6th.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the ordinance requiring people to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

This was the second vote on the regulation. Last week, councilor Joe Buscaino called for a city council rule that allowed him to withhold unanimous consent, preventing the council from voting on the ordinance at first reading. Buscaino and Councilman John Lee disagreed Wednesday.

The regulation will apply to:

  • Restaurants, bars, fast food establishments, coffee shops, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls and hotel ballrooms.
  • Fitness centers and gyms, including recreational facilities, fitness studios (including for yoga, pilates, dance and barre), boxing gym, fitness bootcamps and facilities that hold indoor group workouts.
  • Entertainment and recreation venues, including cinemas, shopping malls, concert venues, performance venues, adult entertainment venues, trade and banquet halls, sports arenas, congress centers, exhibition halls, museums, shopping malls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, short rooms, family entertainment centers, pool and billiard halls and gaming centers.
  • Personal care services including spas, nail salons, hairdressing salons, shaving salons, tanning salons, estheticians, skin care, tattoo shops, piercing shops and massage therapists, unless medically required.

FILE – Security Officer Don McClaren checks for evidence of vaccination status from customers before they can enter the bar inside the Permanent Records Roadhouse on July 30, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images)

People will be exempted from the mandate if they have medical conditions that limit their ability to be vaccinated or a “sincere religious belief” that will be reviewed by the place the person is trying to get into. Exempt persons will be able to use outdoor areas on site, but if they are not available, they may be allowed to enter the indoor area by providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

The regulation will also require people to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend outdoor events with 5,000 or more people.

Retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, are not included in the regulation.

Enforcement compliance is likely to begin on November 29th. Companies that violate the Regulation will be fined $ 1,000 for the second violation, $ 2,000 fine for a third violation, and a $ 5,000 fine for a fourth violation.

The American rep. Mike Garcia (R-Santa Clarita) also criticized the regulation.

“Admissions and deaths have dropped 45% from last month, but the city is now taking the most radical measures yet,” Garcia tweeted.

This will be significantly stricter than the executive order passed by the LA County Public Health Department earlier this month, which required people to show proof of vaccination to enter bars, lounges, breweries, wineries and nightclubs. They must show proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting on 7 October and proof of full vaccination by 4 November. The LA County order also requires either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours to attend outdoor events with 10,000 or more people.

The city’s LA executive will look like policies in West Hollywood, New York and San Francisco. West Hollywood’s policy of requiring adult patrons entering many indoor establishments to provide evidence of at least partial vaccination takes effect on Thursday, with full vaccination required from November 4th.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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