In an 11-2 vote that took place on Wednesday, The Los Angeles City Council voted to pass a new ordinance that mandated that most patrons provide official evidence of their vaccination status against COVID-19 in order to enter the “indoor portion of a covered location” or various businesses such as restaurants, bars, personal care establishments, and shopping centers.
As reported by KFI News, “retail establishments, including grocery stores and pharmacies, are not included in the draft ordinance.”
Someone speaking on behalf of Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti stated that he plans to sign the measure into law very soon.
As reported by The Los Angeles Times, “Under the new law, businesses must require proof of vaccination when customers enter indoor facilities starting on Nov. 4, including coffee shops, gyms, museums, bowling alleys, spas and a range of other venues.”
As explained by the outlet, “The L.A. rules allow customers to submit written exemptions for religious or medical reasons, but businesses must require those customers to use outdoor facilities, or to show evidence of a recent negative COVID-19 test if no outdoor facilities are available. Customers who have no proof of vaccination, exemption or negative test can still enter briefly to use the restroom or pick up a takeout order, according to the ordinance.”
The new ordinance to be signed states: “A Covered Location shall require Proof of Vaccination upon the Patron’s first in-person interaction with staff. A Covered Location is required to cross-check Proof of Vaccination for each Patron who appears to be 18 years of age or older against Photo Identification.”
Here's the ordinance. Vax requirement will apply to anyone eligible for vax (even under EUA, which means 12+ for now). Spox for @MayorOfLA says Garcetti will sign it. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/j8K5F410cC
— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) October 6, 2021
“We’ve spent too much time placing restrictions on people who did their part by getting vaccinated and wearing their masks,” stated Nury Martinez, the Democrat L.A. City Council President. “We need to both limit the transmission of the virus as well as make it inconvenient for those who are unvaccinated to access indoor venues and put lives at jeopardy. The stakes are too high.”
As reported by City News Service, Democratic Councilmen Bob Blumenfield, Mike Bonin, and Paul Krekorian all “expressed concern about details in the ordinance in the past, including lack of enforcement, but noted that it was imperative that the requirement goes into effect quickly, and that the details can be fixed later.”
In a comment made this past week, Councilman Krekorian stated, “Nothing in this ordinance requires you to go and get vaccinated at all,” as reported by The Times.
“You have rights. You have liberties,” he stated. “But with those rights and liberties come obligations to protect fellow members of your society as well.”
Currently, the new ordinance has escalating penalties for the businesses who refuse to comply with the demands, which start with a warning, then a $1,000 fine, and then a $5,000 for all violations after that. These penalties will be enforced by the Department of Public Health and the Department of Building and Safety starting on the 29th of November.