Prepare to prove you’re vaccinated if you want to eat at LA or WeHo restaurants
Prepare to flash your vaccination card because it has become much more difficult to eat in Los Angeles if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
This morning, LA City Council passed a sweeping ordinance requiring customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter businesses such as restaurants, bars, stores, cinemas and museums.
The measure, which won an 11-2 vote, heads to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. He should sign it, maybe today. The law will come into force 30 days after it is signed.
The ordinance provides for some exceptions. People who claim to have a medical or religious reason for not getting the vaccine can provide a negative coronavirus test taken within the previous 72 hours.
Companies that do not follow the rules face increasing penalties: a warning for the first offense, a fine of $ 1,000 for the second and a fine of $ 5,000 for a fourth offense. The fines will take effect on November 29.
Although this ordinance only applies to companies within the city of Los Angeles, other locations in LA County may have their own rules.
From Thursday, October 7, the City of West Hollywood requires certain types of “covered businesses” – food and beverage establishments, fitness facilities, and personal care facilities – to require customers 18 years of age or older to prove that they have received at least one dose of a COVID -19 vaccine. Starting Thursday, November 4, customers 18 and older as well as employees will need to prove that they are fully immunized.
According to West Hollywood, “Covered Businesses” include:
- Establishments where food or drink is served indoors, including, but not limited to; restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theaters, cannabis consumption lounges and places of entertainment;
- Health / Fitness facilities including, but not limited to; gymnasiums, recreational facilities, yoga studios, dance studios and other fitness establishments, where clients engage in cardiovascular, aerobic, muscle-building or other exercises involving high breathing; and
- Personal care establishments which include businesses that provide personal care services such as, but not limited to, esthetician, skin care and cosmetology, non-medical electrology, health professionals body art, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent makeup, body piercing shops, massage therapy (non-health care), tanning services, nail salons, hair salons and hair salons.
Also from October 7 an LA County Health Order will require bars and nightclubs to ask for proof that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine – although this warrant does not apply to restaurants.
Here’s the result: Get vaccinated and keep proof of your vaccine, digital or paper, handy.
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