This past Wednesday, the elected officials out of Los Angeles put forth a motion that would require all eligible individuals to show evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination so that they are allowed to enter most indoor businesses such as restaurants, health clubs, and retail establishments.
The motion was spawned from Nury Martines, the City Council President, and Mitch O’Farrell, a prominent council member, both of whom are democrats. The play springs up just a single day in the wake of the newly unveiled program from New York City to implement a similar set of restrictions in an attempt to force residents to get vaccinated.
“Today I introduced legislation with @MitchOFarrell to require proof of COVID vaccination to enter indoor public spaces throughout the City of LA,” stated Martinez. “So many Angelenos stepped up and did their part. They shouldn’t be penalized with closures by those unwilling to do theirs.”
Today I introduced legislation with @MitchOFarrell to require proof of COVID vaccination to enter indoor public spaces throughout the City of LA.
So many Angelenos stepped up and did their part. They shouldn't be penalized with closures by those unwilling to do theirs. pic.twitter.com/ebj0phJ5wZ
— Nury Martinez (@CD6Nury) August 4, 2021
“Hard-working Angelenos, their customers and the general public deserve to be safe in public spaces,” stated Councilman O’Farrell. “The vaccines are our most effective form of protection. The time to act is now.”
The new plan asks that the City Council force Mike Feuer, the L.A. City Attorney, to create an ordinance “that would require eligible individuals to have received at least one dose of vaccination to enter indoor spaces, including but not limited to, restaurants, bars, retail establishments, fitness centers, spas, and entertainment centers such as stadiums, concert venues, and movie theaters.”
This past Tuesday, Feuer put forth a letter to the strong L.A. County Board of Supervisors in an attempt to make the group force the requiring of proof of vaccination to patronize some indoor businesses but made no explicit mention of retail stores. Also a Democrat, Feuer is in the running for mayor in the upcoming year.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County is also “not requiring proof of vaccination for customers to enter specific businesses at this point in time,” though public health officials added in a statement Tuesday that they “applaud those businesses that are assessing risks to their employees and customers and adding additional layers of protection, including requiring proof of vaccination.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti “always listens to the guidance from county public health experts on these issues, and there is no such mandate recommended or planned at this time,” according to spokesman Alex Comisar.
“But with cases and hospitalizations rising rapidly, we are not taking anything off the table,” Comisar said. “The mayor strongly urges everyone to get vaccinated, and supports businesses that are taking steps to keep their workers and customers safe.”