Want to Go Out Drinking in L.A. County? It’s Time to Get Vaccinated

A new health order coming down the pike is set to mandate proof of vax at bars, wineries, breweries, and more

Los Angeles County will require proof of vaccination for all patrons and employees of indoor bars, nightclubs, wineries, and breweries with a revised health order expected to be issued later this week.

Under the new rules, customers and employees must have at least one vaccine shot by October 7 and be fully vaccinated with their second jab by November 4 if they wish to serve or imbibe at their favorite local haunts, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced at Wednesday’s meeting of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

“This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk of transmission and increase vaccination coverage,” Ferrer said. “This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”

The order will also strongly recommend, but not require, proof of vaccination at indoor areas of restaurants.

Additionally, while attendees and workers at indoor events with at least 1,000 people are already required to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event, under the revised order those rules will also apply to outdoor “mega-events” of 10,000 people or more.

Ferrer added that health officials “believe that targeted vaccine mandates are now a very important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage across our county and ending the pandemic.”

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