What to know
- The city of LA’s requirement for proof of vaccination went into effect on November 8, but enforcement will not begin until November 29.
- By law, one of the country’s most stringent proofs of COVID vaccination must be presented at indoor restaurants, fitness centers, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care institutions and some city buildings.
- The council will meet on Friday to discuss possible legislative changes.
Enforcement measures and some changes will be considered Friday by the Los Angeles City Council for its new rules that require proof of vaccination at many indoor establishments.
By law, one of the country’s most stringent proofs of COVID vaccination must be presented at indoor restaurants, fitness centers, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care institutions and some city buildings.
The law came into force on November 8, but enforcement does not begin until November 29. According to the plan, the City Council must consider amending the executive order to only require proof of vaccinations for persons aged 12 and over, instead of all eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, which covers persons over 5 years of age.
The Council’s approval will also authorize the Department of Building and Safety to issue administrative referrals to companies that violate the Executive Order, which will include a $ 1,000 fine for a second violation, a $ 2,000 fine for a third violation, and a $ 5,000 fine. for a fourth and subsequent infringement.
Proposed funding for enforcement includes $ 400,000 for outreach and inspections, $ 184,207 for salaries and marketing materials and training, and $ 500,000 for contractual services for the city’s VaxUp LA program to provide fair distribution and awareness of the vaccine.
The proposal, if adopted by the city council, will also remove “ malls and malls ” from the list of indoor public spaces that require proof of vaccination.
The city’s SafePassLA regulation is one of the most stringent mandates of its kind in the country and covers all persons eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Accepted forms of vaccination evidence include:
- A vaccination card issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or similar documentation issued by another foreign government agency.
- A photocopy of a vaccination card or photograph stored on a telephone or electronic device.
- A personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State of California or similar documentation issued by another state, local or foreign government jurisdiction or by a private company.
- Documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider.
Persons appearing over the age of 18 must also show identification with their vaccination certificate.
People can be exempted from the mandate if they have medical conditions that limit their ability to be vaccinated or a “sincere religious belief” according to the executive order. These exceptions must be reviewed by the place the person is trying to enter.
Exempt persons will be able to use outdoor areas on site, but if they are not available, they may be allowed to enter the indoor area by providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours.
The scheme also requires people to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend outdoor events with 5,000 or more people, which would be stricter than the Los Angeles County requirement that applies to outdoor events with 10,000 or more people. more people.
Los Angeles County’s rules, which are less expansive than the city’s, went into effect Nov. 4 and also require people who patronize or work in an indoor bar, winery, brewery, nightclub or lounge in the county to be fully vaccinated. against COVID-19.
“We have spent too much time imposing restrictions on people who did their part by being vaccinated and wearing their masks. We must both limit the transmission of the virus and make it inconvenient for those who are unvaccinated to access indoor venues and putting lives at stake. The stakes are too high, ” said Council Chairman Nury Martinez during City Council approval of the ordinance.
The final approval of the city ordinance was given by 11-2 votes by council members on October 6th.
For more information on the new city rules, click here.