A Los Angeles County health order requiring proof of coronavirus vaccination or a negative test went into effect late Thursday for patrons of indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges.
Customers and employees must be at least partially vaccinated and must have their second dose by November 4, according to FOX 11 in Los Angeles.
“So for those who visit these establishments and you are not yet vaccinated, get started now so you get your second dose in time to reach November 4,” says Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Det said Ferrer this week, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The executive order does not apply to indoor restaurants or outdoor spaces, though attendees of outdoor events with more than 10,000 people, including sporting events, theme parks, and concerts, must also show proof of vaccination or negative testing.
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“Vaccination of multiple Angelenos is our only way out of this pandemic, and we must do everything we can to keep pushing those numbers up,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “These new rules will encourage more people to get shot and make companies safer for workers and customers – so we can save more lives, better protect the vulnerable and make our communities even safer when we fight this pandemic.”
A city order coming into effect in November will require anyone entering an indoor restaurant, gym, mall, entertainment venue or personal care facility to be fully vaccinated, according to FOX 11.
The ordinance was passed by the city council and approved by Garcetti this week, the Times reported. It is one of the strictest vaccination mandates in the country according to FOX 11.
Cities like New York City and San Francisco also have strict vaccination orders.
Los Angeles Council members Joe Buscaino and John Lee opposed the measure. Lee called it “penalties for companies” that can be fined for violating the rules.
“Helping organizations and businesses comply with targeted vaccination requirements over the next few months is a focus of public health,” Ferrer said according to FOX 11. “We are grateful for our partnerships with businesses and cities to promote the safety of workers and residents. We need to work together to improve vaccination coverage until we reach a level of vaccination so high that the virus or a new variant of the virus would have difficulty gaining traction. viral transmission and mutation. “
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At the end of September, 78% of Los Angelenos 12 years of age and older had at least one dose of the vaccine, FOX 11 reported.
Health officials said the county has reported an average of 14 deaths a day from the virus, though deaths and hospitalizations have dropped by about 50% since late August.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.