Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — One of the most stringent coronavirus vaccines in the United States has been approved in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday, 11-2 the city council voted in favor of a measure requiring proof of full vaccination of all customers and employees at bars, restaurants, nail salons, spas, gyms, sports arenas, museums, inner city facilities and other locations, News agency mentioned. Customers without proof of vaccination can still use the outside facilities and can briefly enter a company to use the restroom or receive a food order. People with religious or medical exceptions to vaccination will have to submit negative coronavirus tests within 72 hours of entry.
The ordinance was signed Wednesday afternoon by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and takes effect in the nation’s second most populous city on November 4. AP mentioned.
“Vaccinating more Angelenos is our only way out of this pandemic, and we must do everything we can to continue raising these numbers,” Garcetti said in a statement. “These new rules will encourage more people to get the shot, and will make businesses safer for workers and customers – so we can save more lives.”
An increasing number of places across the country, including San Francisco and New York City, require proof of vaccination to enter different types of businesses and venues.
In San Francisco, proof of vaccination is required for employees and beneficiaries since August 20 in enclosed spaces where food or drink takes place, exercise takes place such as gyms, and where large groups congregate such as entertainment venues.
This summer, New York City began requiring proof of vaccination to dine inside restaurants and bars, or to enter certain types of public spaces, including museums, theaters, gyms, indoor sports arenas, and concert halls.
In Los Angeles, some opponents say the vaccine mandate is unenforceable, others say it separates those who can’t or won’t be vaccinated, AP mentioned.
Trade groups said the city’s mandate would sow confusion because Los Angeles County’s vaccine rules — which apply in both Los Angeles and dozens of surrounding communities — are less sweeping.
Visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about vaccine mandates.
Source: News agency