Los Angeles County will require proof of vaccination for customers and employees at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges. Under the order, customers and employees of indoor nightlife establishments will be required to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 7 and receive the second dose by November 4, 2021. L The ordinance will strongly recommend (but not require) vaccine testing for indoor restaurants.
Comes into force on September 17, the restrictions are an effort by the Los Angeles County Supervisory Board to get more people vaccinated. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health, noted that indoor nightlife venues have a higher risk of transmitting the virus than a sit-down restaurant due to dancing and singing by guests.
The updated health order will also tighten restrictions on large outdoor events. In April, the county began enforcing masks for “mega-events” with more than 10,000 people in attendance. Now, the order will also require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for outdoor âmega-eventsâ for attendees, employees and attendees. Attendees of mega indoor events of 5,000 or more are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
Until the order is issued, the consequences of the violations are unclear. Nonetheless, Los Angeles County employers should act quickly to assess their current vaccination policy to ensure compliance with the proposed order which is due to go into effect on October 7.