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L.A. County plans to require proof of COVID vaccination at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs

Los Angeles County health officials are planning a new order that will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges countywide, the health director announced Wednesday.

The order will also require all attendees of outdoor mega events with more than 10,000 attendees to show vaccine verification or negative coronavirus test results received within 72 hours before attending the large events.

In California, attendees of indoor events with crowds greater than 1,000 were already required to show vaccination verification or a negative test result. The county’s new order extends the safeguards to outdoor events as well.

Outdoor mega events will have to comply by October 7, L.A. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday.

Meanwhile, bars, nightclubs, breweries, wineries and lounges would require customers and employees to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7, and both doses by Nov. 4.

Ferrer said those establishments are for adults only, and already require patrons to show identification.

And while the health order won’t require it, officials now recommend that restaurants also begin verifying vaccination status for indoor dining.

Health officials are prepared to move forward with the updated order later this week, Ferrer said.

“This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk for transmission and increase vaccination coverage,” Ferrer said. “This is a reasonable path forward that can position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”

Ferrer said the county health department will prepare tool kits that businesses can use to help them confirm vaccinations.

Some restaurants and bars have already started requiring customers to show proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19, or present a negative coronavirus test if they’re unvaccinated.

And government officials have been considering mandates on proof of vaccination for weeks.

In August, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to look into options for requiring residents to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor spaces.

The L.A. City Council also voted last month to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance requiring patrons to have at least one dose of the vaccine to be able to enter certain indoor public spaces.

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