Los Angeles Passes Sweeping COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

The city of Los Angeles passed on Oct. 6 a sweeping ordinance to require people to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result to enter indoor establishments.

Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the ordinance after the city council approved it with 11 votes, falling short of the 12 needed votes for it to immediately take effect. Instead, it will take effect in early November, set to become one of the strictest vaccine rules in the United States.

The ordinance will apply to indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, entertainment venues, such as movie theaters and shopping centers, and personal care establishments, such as spas and salons.

The ordinance does not apply to retail establishments, including groceries and pharmacies.

The ordinance allows exemptions for people with medical conditions or who “sincerely” hold religious beliefs that prevent them from getting vaccinated.

The ordinance will also apply for outdoor events with 5,000 or more people.

“Vaccinating more Angelenos is our only way out of this pandemic, and we must do everything in our power to keep pushing those numbers up,” Garcetti said in a statement.

“These new rules will encourage more people to get the shot, and make businesses safer for workers and customers — so that we can save more lives, better protect the vulnerable, and make our communities even safer as we fight this pandemic,” Garcetti further said.

The new ordinance differs from the mandate from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which requires people to show proof of full vaccination or a negative test result to enter large outdoor events, and proof of at least one dose of the vaccine to enter some indoor establishments, starting from Oct. 7.

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