What to know about Los Angeles’ strict vaccine mandate as it goes into effect

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The broad new requirements went into effect Monday.

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Los Angeles’ sweeping new vaccine mandate went into effect Monday, which requires proof of vaccination so that patrons can enter most public indoor spaces in America’s second-most populous city.

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It will also require proof of vaccination for large outdoor events with 5,000 or more attendees.

To demonstrate proof of vaccination, people can use their CDC-issued vaccination card or similar document issued by a foreign government agency, a photograph of both sides of their vaccination card, a licensed health care Providers or an individual can access the digital COVID vaccination document. -19 Vaccine Record issued by the State of California or similar entities (such as the State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, which can be downloaded to a smartphone and shows evidence of vaccine via a QR code) ).

The mandate exempts people who have not been vaccinated because of a medical condition or religious belief, but are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test, from entering an indoor facility. was administered within the first 72 h. external event.

“Our only way out of this pandemic is to vaccinate more Angelenos, and we must do everything in our power to push those numbers forward,” Garcetti said in a statement last month.

Garcetti said the rules would help encourage more people to take the shot and make businesses “safer for workers and customers.”

Operators of indoor venues or large outdoor events are asked to check the vaccination status of patrons under the new rules and may be issued a citation for non-compliance. On the first offense, the operator will receive a warning and notice to correct. The venue operator could face a fine of $1,000 for a second infringement, $2,000 for a third infringement, and $5,000 for a fourth infringement, and each subsequent infringement.

While the mandate goes into effect on Monday, enforcement – ​​through inspectors from the city’s Department of Building and Security – will begin on November 29.

Los Angeles County data indicate that about 80.2% of residents 12 years of age and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine as of last week and 72% have been fully vaccinated.

Los Angeles joins a growing number of municipalities that mandate a coronavirus vaccine for indoor spaces. A similar indoor vaccine requirement went into effect in New York City in August, though its rollout sparked a backlash.

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