Los Angeles passes COVID-19 vaccine city ordinance – JURIST – News
Los Angeles City Council Wednesday voted 11-2 to adopt a new ordinance which will require “proof of full vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine to enter recreation places and events in the city.”
The Council expressed concern about unimpressive vaccination rates around the city. In some areas of Los Angeles, like Hancock Park, 76% of eligible citizens have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In other areas, such as North Hollywood, immunization sits at around 56 percent.
Under the new order, customers can prove their immunization status with their physical immunization card, a photo of their immunization card, documentation from a health care provider, or a digital immunization record. People who do not prove their immunization status will be “provided with alternative arrangements for accessing government services.”
The locations covered by the ordinance include establishments where food or drink is served, such as restaurants, bars, cafes, hotel ballrooms, wineries and breweries; entertainment venues such as theaters, concert and music venues, shopping malls, museums, exhibition halls, adult entertainment venues and bowling alleys; fitness rooms such as gymnasiums, yoga and dance studios and boot camps; and personal care establishments such as hair salons, nail and barber shops, spas, piercing stores, tanning salons, body art stores and massage therapy centers.
Businesses that violate the order will receive a warning on the first violation and escalating fines, up to $ 5,000, for each subsequent violation. The City of Los Angeles will implement compliance measures effective November 29, 2021.
The ordinance provides exceptions for clients with “sincerely religious” views or health concerns.
Councilors Joe Buscaino and John Lee voted against the prescription. Buscaino proposed some amendments, including one that would make it a crime to harass or interfere with any employee trying to enforce the ordinance, which were rejected, while Lee expressed concern that the ordinance ” is punitive to business, does not encourage encouraging those who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated, and only reinforces the patchwork of regulations that exist in the region. “
The ordinance will enter into force upon publication due to the need for immediate protection.