6th October (WNN) — The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to require people to show proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter certain indoor establishments.
The vaccine mandate is one of the most comprehensive measures taken by a US city to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The council voted 11-2 in favor of the mandate, which would require people to be fully vaccinated to enter bars, restaurants, nail salons, gyms, shopping centers and entertainment venues. The city had already required vaccinations or proof of a negative COVID-19 for large events such as concerts or sporting events with more than 10,000 people.
Some essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, will not require proof of vaccination. The mandate applies to people 12 years of age and older.
People with medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine must show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours from entry.
Businesses found violating the mandate are fined $1,000 for the second violation, $2,000 for the third, and $5,000 for the fourth.
If the measure had received at least 12 votes in its favour, it would have come into force with immediate effect. Anyway, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti must sign off on the measure within 10 days, at which point it will take effect after 31 days.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Garcetti’s spokesman, Harrison Wollman, said the mayor plans to sign the mandate into law.
Garcetti said, “These new rules will encourage more people to take the shot, and make businesses safer for workers and customers – so we can save more lives, better protect the vulnerable, and make our communities more vulnerable.” make it safe too.” in a statement.
Critics of the mandate said it would force a separation of vaccinated versus non-vaccinated and would be unenforceable. Supporters said it would encourage more people to get vaccinated and protect people against the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.