With the county relaxing its COVID-19 masking and vaccine verification rules, the Los Angeles City Council took an extra step Wednesday toward the end of the city’s term requiring proof of vaccinations to enter many indoor and large establishments. external events.
The council voted 12 to 0 for the city attorney to write a new order making proof of voluntary vaccination for businesses. Approval will require another vote, and it was not immediately clear when the revised rules will go into effect.
The city’s ordinance, which went into effect Nov. 8, requires people over the age of 12 to show proof of vaccination before visiting indoor restaurants, gymnasiums, amusement and recreation facilities, establishments personal care and some buildings in the city. The law also requires people to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend outdoor events with 5,000 or more people.
The motion was presented by Council President Nury Martinez. It essentially calls for the requirements to be rescinded, although individual businesses are allowed to voluntarily require proof of vaccination from customers.
Los Angeles County has dropped its requirement that people show proof of vaccination to attend indoor parties at bars, nightclubs and lounges or outdoor mega-events. But people attending indoor mega-events of 1,000 people or more — such as sporting events — still need to show proof of a COVID vaccination or a recent negative test.
Vaccine verification or a negative test is also still required for workers in health facilities and congregate care settings.
City law is enforced by the Department of Construction and Safety, which can issue administrative citations to businesses that violate the ordinance. The citations include a $1,000 fine for a second offense, $2,000 for a third offense and a $5,000 fine for a fourth and subsequent offenses.
Los Angeles is also enforcing a vaccination mandate for its employees, who were required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 18. Councilman Joe Buscaino, a mayoral candidate, on Friday called for the repeal of that mandate, saying he believed “it should be a matter of personal choice and that we should respect the civil liberties of our employees and allow them to make their own personal medical decisions.”
The vaccination mandate for municipal employees was approved by the municipal council on August 18.