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20 Oct

October 2021: Los Angeles Approves Vaccine Mandate for Public Places

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Update Applicable to:

California employers in the establishments of food and beverage, gyms and fitness, entertainment and recreation, and personal care.

What happened?

On October 6, 2021, Mayor Garcetti signed an ordinance approved by the Los Angeles City Council that will require many businesses to have patrons show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

What are the details?

The ordinance, effective November 6, 2021, will require businesses to prevent patrons from entering many indoor areas unless the individuals show proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, along with their photo ID. The ordinance also requires patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before entering outdoor events with 5,000-9,999 attendees. Businesses are required to post information about the mandate by October 21, 2021, and implement the requirements by November 4, 2021.

The ordinance requires four categories of establishments to enforce a vaccine mandate indoors: food and beverage, gyms and fitness, entertainment and recreation, and personal care. The ordinance lists examples for each category that can be read here.

For patrons who obtain an exemption on medical or religious grounds, the ordinance limits them to only outdoor areas. These exempt patrons may enter indoor areas only if: (1) outdoor areas are unavailable, and (2) they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entry of a covered location and photo ID.

For more information, please see the links below:


Article 1

What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the ordinance and its new requirements and their current COVID-19 policies to make updates to stay in compliance with the new law.