Los Angeles County has received a new mandate, requiring indoor businesses to verify anyone (including employees) age 12 or over entering the indoor portions of their premises to be vaccinated. Bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries are required to check for proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and photo ID starting October 7th. This will be changed to verifying for full vaccination starting November 4th. Outdoor mega events have similar requirements; all attendees 12 and over must show vaccination proof or a negative test result (taken within last 72 hours). Beginning November 1st, any attendees 18 and over will also be required to present photo ID.
Meanwhile, other indoor businesses, including restaurants, personal care establishments, fitness venues, entertainment and recreation venues, and large outdoor events will be required to verify for full vaccination along with photo ID starting November 6th. According to the publichealth.lacounty.gov site, “To prove that you have been vaccinated, you must show a photo ID in addition to your vaccination record. The record should include your name, the date(s) that you were vaccinated, and the type of vaccine that you received.”
Violation of this mandate will incur the following consequences:
- 1st violation: Warning or notice
- 2nd violation: $1,000 fine
- 3rd violation: $2,000 fine
- 4th violation: $5,000 fine
There are currently two specified exemptions for this mandate: 1) people with underlying medical problems or 2) “sincerely held religious beliefs” that prevent them from getting vaccinated. In such case, individuals must file for an exemption regarding the respective reason. These people will instead be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within the previous 72 hours when entering.
Valid forms of vaccination proof include the white CDC or yellow WHO card, a photo of the card, or some form of digital verification provided by the state or health agencies. Please see attached and links below for more detailed information.