Los Angeles County will require vaccinations in closed bars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Public health officials in Los Angeles County will begin asking customers for proof of the COVID-19 vaccine…

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Public health officials in Los Angeles County will begin asking for proof of the COVID-19 vaccine for bosses and workers at closed bars, wineries, breweries and nightclubs next month.

The new initiative in the country’s most populous county begins on October 7 with proof that at least one dose of the vaccine is required. Proof of full vaccination will be required by November 4, according to the County Department of Public Health. Health officials strongly recommend the same precautions for closed restaurants, but they have not chosen to require proof of vaccination for them.

The new restrictions come ahead of the holiday season, which brought a huge boost to Los Angeles last year. More than 25,000 people nationwide have died from the virus, and the toll continues to rise between the more contagious delta variant.

“This is a reasonable way to position us so we can better break the cycle of volatility,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, told a Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday.

The county will also require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours for workers and attendees of outdoor events with at least 10,000 attendees, including at theme parks. This condition begins on October 7 – about a month after the start of the football season.

The same requirement already applies to indoor events with 1,000 or more people.

LA County reinstated the closed mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status, on July 17, just one month after Gavin Newsom declared California “reopening.”

Newsom, which survived a recall election this week, said on Wednesday that 82% of people aged 12 and older in California have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, with most state residents getting vaccinated.

“If you want to revive our economy in this country and in this state, if you want us to operate sustainably at full capacity in every form and form, you have to vaccinate more people,” he said.

Newsom said that while she supports LA County’s move, she does not plan to pursue the case for the entire state.

We are satisfied with the current position of the state,” he said.

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Associated Press Writer Adam Beam in Sacramento contributed.

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