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American News Sep 15, 2021 9:36 PM EST

Los Angeles County to require proof of vaccination to enter indoor nightlife businesses

Customers and employees will be required to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7 and receive their second by Nov. 4.

Los Angeles County to require proof of vaccination to enter indoor nightlife businesses
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Later this week, Los Angeles County officials are planning on instituting a new health order that will require all customers and employees to show proof of vaccinations to enter bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges.

According to ABC 7, customers and employees will be required to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7 and receive their second by Nov. 4.

The order also requires all attendees, employees and participants of outdoor "mega-events," or events attended by more than 10,000 people like Dodgers, Rams and Chargers games, to show either proof of vaccination for a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event to enter.

Vaccination and testing requirement for outdoor mega-events will take effect on Oct. 7.

According to Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the mandate will be strongly recommended, but not required, in indoor restaurants.

"This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk of transmission and increase vaccination coverage,'' Ferrer told the county Board of Supervisors. "This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.''

Ferrer said that county health officials "believe that targeted vaccine mandates are now a very important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage across our county and ending the pandemic.''

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