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Vaccination proof required at West Hollywood businesses, city facilities

Vaccination Proof West Hollywood

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for anyone 18 and over who wants to enter certain businesses or a city facility in West Hollywood starting next month, according to an emergency executive order issued Friday. The order was issued because the rate of the COVID-19 delta variant remains high in Los Angeles County, the city said. Photo: Jon Viscott/City of West Hollywood

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for anyone 18 and over who wants to enter certain businesses or a city facility in West Hollywood starting next month, according to an emergency executive order issued Friday.

The order was issued because the rate of the COVID-19 delta variant remains high in Los Angeles County, the city said.

Persons under the age of 18 are not required to show vaccination proof, according to the order.

Individuals who do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated only will be allowed to use outdoor portions of the business, the order said.

Business can implement these verification requirements as soon as possible, but no later than Oct. 11, according to the order.

The West Hollywood City Council is expected to approve the order at its next regular meeting Sept. 20.

Impacted businesses will be required to post patron notification signage at entrances informing individuals that proof of full vaccination is required to enter.

Covered businesses

The impacted indoor businesses, or “covered business,” as they are described in the order, are divided into three categories.

  • Establishments where food or drink is served indoors, including, but not limited to; restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theaters, cannabis consumption lounges, and entertainment venues
  • Health/fitness facilities, including, but not limited to gyms, recreation facilities, yoga studios, dance studios, and other fitness establishments, where any patrons engage in cardiovascular, aerobic, strength training, or other exercise involving elevated breathing
  • Personal care establishments that include businesses that offer personal care services such as but not limited to, esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services, non-medical electrology, body art professional, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent makeup, piercing shops, massage therapy (non-healthcare), tanning services, nail salons, hair salons, and barbershops.

City facilities

The same requirements and implementation timeline apply to an indoor area within a city facility, including team sports, athletic activities, and privately organized clubs and leagues held outdoors or indoors on city premises.

Staff at covered businesses

As soon as possible, but no later than Oct. 11, covered businesses must confirm the vaccination status of all staff who routinely work onsite.

No later than Nov. 1, covered businesses must ensure that all staff who routinely work onsite provide proof of full vaccination before entering or working in any indoor portion of the facility. This does not include staff who enter or work in at the businesses on an intermittent or occasional basis or for short periods of time (e.g., individuals who deliver goods or packages).

Businesses will be required to post staff notification signage in areas, such as break rooms, informing individuals that proof of full vaccination is required and details on how to get vaccinated.

City employees

All city employees, temporary employees, interns, contract personnel, volunteers, and elected or appointed officials who work at all city facilities will have to be fully vaccinated Nov. 1.

City contractors

Before entering any city facility or engaging in-person with city employees, community members, or city businesses, city contracts will have to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1

Full vaccination proof examples

  • A CDC vaccination card, which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered, or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental jurisdiction
  • Photo or copy of a vaccination card
  • Photo of a vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider
  • Personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California and available by going to myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov or similar documentation issued by another state, local, or foreign governmental jurisdiction, or by an approved private company.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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