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LA County to require vaccination proof at nightclubs, bars, concerts

LA County Vaccination Proof Nightclubs

Customers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges in Los Angeles County will be required to show proof of vaccination next month, according to an updated health order Los Angeles County is expected to issue later this week. Photo: iStock.

Customers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges in Los Angeles County will be required to show proof of vaccination next month, according to an updated health order Los Angeles County is expected to issue later this week.

The order also will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for outdoor mega-events, gatherings with more than 10,000 people, such as concerts and Dodgers, Rams and Chargers games, Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, told the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Wednesday.

The Hollywood Bowl announced Wednesday that starting Sept. 24, concert goers will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.

Vaccination proof required at West Hollywood businesses, city facilities

The proposed county order will recommend, but not require, vaccine verification for employees and customers working and patronizing the indoor portions of restaurants.

The new county health order will require customers and employees at indoor nightlife establishments to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 7 and the second dose by Nov. 4.

News of the new county health order follows the announcement last week from the City of West Hollywood that it will require proof of vaccination at numerous indoor businesses next month.

Mayor Robert Garcia failed LGBTQ community on COVID-19

Several hours after Ferrer spoke to the board of supervisors, the City of Long Beach’s Health Department issued a statement, saying the city will follow the county and issue a similar health order.

Some LGBTQ bars and clubs in Los Angeles have been requiring proof of vaccination since July.

“This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk of transmission and increase vaccination coverage,” Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors. “This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”

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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