Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez has proposed an end to the vaccine mandate, which would ease requirements for indoor establishments and outdoor events but still allow businesses to voluntarily require proof of vaccination.
The motion will be voted on Wednesday by the entire council and if passed, will be handed over to the city attorney to prepare a new ordinance. It will then return back to the council and go through a final vote.
The new proposal comes in alignment with the city and county progressing actions to relax COVID-related masking and vaccine-verifications requirements. Most notably, the mask mandate was recently ended and, after an initial delay, some students were allowed to return to their respective institutions without them as well.
At the University of Southern California, mask mandates were repealed on Monday, according to a message released by university Provost Charles Zukoski last Friday.
“Although we are following the CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in removing masking as a requirement, we want to be clear that masks will continue to be welcome on campus for all those who wish to continue taking extra precautions,” Zukoksi said. “According to the county’s guidelines, although masking is no longer required indoors, it remains strongly recommended.”
The city ordinance initially went into effect in early November and required people over the age of 12 to show proof of vaccination before entering indoor restaurants, entertainment facilities, and various city buildings. The same ordinance also required people to show their vaccination cards or a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending outdoor events accumulating more than 5,000 people.
An earlier mandate for city employees to receive COVID vaccination by Dec. 18 went into effect in August.
L.A. County recently dropped its requirement for proof of vaccination to be shown at indoor sections of bars, nightclubs, or large-scale outdoor events. However, indoor events with more than 1,000 people attending still require vaccination or a negative test. The same goes for those who work at health care or congregate-care facilities.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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