City of LA approves COVID-19 vaccine mandate for indoor facilities –
The city of Los Angeles signed a warrant on Wednesday, October 6 requiring proof of the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone entering most public spaces.
The measure – which applies to anyone visiting bars, restaurants, shopping malls, lounges, gymnasiums, museums and sporting events, among other spaces – is one of the most stringent in the country to protect the public and mitigate the spread of the most important and contagious delta variant.
After the LA city council voted 11-2 in favor of the measure, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed it into law.
The requirement will take effect from November 4, it will begin to be enforced on November 29 by the LA County Department of Public Health and the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.
“Vaccinating more Angelenos is our only way out of this pandemic, and we must do everything in our power to continue to increase these numbers,” Garcetti said in a statement. “These new rules will encourage more people to get vaccinated and make businesses safer for workers and customers. “
Some retail establishments, such as pharmacies and grocery stores, are exempt from the mandate.
The order would require negative coronavirus test results within 72 hours of entry for people with medical and religious exemptions for vaccinations.
Currently, the city requires a full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for “mega-events”, that is, any public event with more than 10,000 attendees such as sporting events and concerts. .
Businesses that violate the order will receive a first warning, but for a second violation, they will be fined $ 1,000 – for a third violation, $ 2,000 and for a fourth violation, $ 5,000.
City council president Nury Martinez called the mandate a “necessary step towards a return to normalcy” and lamented the fact that too many people are still not vaccinated despite the wide availability of vaccines.
The two council members who voted against the vaccine’s mandate were Joe Buscaino of District 15 (San Pedro, Wilmington) and John Lee of District 12 (Chatsworth, west of the San Fernando Valley).
Buscaino, who is running for mayor next year, argued that the condition of application of the ordinance would hurt businesses: how to go about it, ”he said, according to ABC7.