The City of Los Angeles Has Passed an Ordinance on the COVID-19 Vaccine
The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 to approve a new legislation requiring evidence of full vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine to enter recreational areas.
The City Council voiced alarm over the city's low vaccination rates. 76 percent of eligible individuals in various Los Angeles neighbourhoods, such as Hancock Park, have received one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination rates are about 56 percent in some places.
Patrons can use their actual vaccination card, a photo of their vaccination card, proof from a healthcare professional, or a digital vaccine record to establish their vaccination status under the new rule. Individuals who cannot establish their immunization status will be offered with alternate arrangements for access to government services, according to the law.
The regulation applies to establishments that sell food or beverages, such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, hotel ballrooms, vineyards, and breweries, as well as entertainment facilities, such as theaters, music and concert venues, malls, and museums.
Businesses that violate the ordinance will receive a warning for the first offense, with fines up to $5,000 for consecutive offenses. Beginning November 29, 2021, the city of Los Angeles will impose compliance actions. Patrons with "sincerely held religious" beliefs or medical problems are exempt from the ordinance. The ordinance was defeated by Councilmen Joe Buscaino and John Lee.