Los Angeles Considering Expanded Vaccination Requirement

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FILE – In this file photo from June 19, 2021, Caroline Styne, owner and wine director of the Lucca group, serves wine to lawyer Alec Nedelman, at the AOC Los Angeles City Council will vote on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 the a proposed ordinance to require people to have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter a wide range of businesses and places. The order would significantly expand restrictions ordered by Los Angeles County public health officials that are expected to take effect in October. (AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes, file)

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Los Angeles City Council will vote on a proposed ordinance Wednesday requiring people to have full proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter a wide range of businesses and locations.

The order would significantly expand restrictions ordered by Los Angeles County public health officials that are expected to take effect next month.

Under the city ordinance, people eligible for vaccination should be vaccinated to enter indoor public spaces, including restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums, sports arenas, museums, spas, nail salons, indoor urban facilities and other places. Current eligibility includes persons 12 years of age and older.

The previously announced county public health order will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for customers and workers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, lounges and nightclubs next month.

County order begins Oct. 7, with proof of at least one vaccine dose required. By November 4, proof of full vaccination will be required.

The county ordinance will also require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours for participants and workers at outdoor events with at least 10,000 people, including at theme parks. The same requirement is already in place for indoor events of 1,000 people or more.

Of the county’s nearly 10.3 million people, 66% have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 59% are fully immunized, according to public health officials.

LA County’s daily test positivity rate and the number of hospitalizations and deaths have declined after a summer surge fueled by the delta variant of the virus, but authorities are pushing to increase vaccinations to avoid future flare-ups .

Public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement Tuesday that cycles of increasing cases are not inevitable.

“We are living in a raging and deadly global pandemic that can be quickly eliminated with very high vaccine coverage rates,” Ferrer said.

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