COVID-19 Vaccine Required For LA County Bars, Nightclubs and More

Group of friends at bar.L.A. County plans to require COVID vaccine proof at indoor bars, nightclubs and more by Oct. 7.

September 15:  Anyone hoping to belly up to the bar - or dance the night away in Los Angeles County - will have to show a vaccination card in addition to an official ID starting October 7, according to a new health order announced Wednesday at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Health Officer Order would require customers and employees at bars, breweries, wineries, nightclubs, and lounges to have at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 by October 7,  and both doses by November 4.

Vaccine Required Order 

The entire order is expected to be released Friday, according to county public health Director Barbara Ferrer.  

Asked why the order only recommends vaccinations for patrons and employees at indoor restaurants, Ferrer said activities in a bar — such as dancing and singing — tend to present a higher risk of virus transmission than a sit-down restaurant.

She said the order is more targeted at "drinking establishments" without restaurant permits. "We in public health believe that targeted vaccination mandates are an important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage in our county and ending the pandemic," Ferrer said.

Public Health will issue a modified Health Officer Order later this week that would require vaccination verification or a negative test within 72 hours before attending outdoor mega-events. Attendees at indoor mega-events are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result before entry.

While not required, vaccine verification at indoor portions of restaurants is also recommended.

The vaccine mandate will also be required for outdoor mega-events in the county, involving 10,000 people or more in attendance, including sporting events, theme parks, and concerts. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours will be required for entry.

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