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Angelenos patronizing indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings will technically need to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 starting Nov. 4 — though enforcement of the new law won’t
begin until Nov. 29.

The city’s SafePassLA ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, and includes all individuals eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Accepted forms of proof of vaccination include:
— a vaccination card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental
— a photocopy of a vaccination card or a photograph stored on a phone
or electronic device;
— a personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State
of California or similar documentation issued by another state, local or
foreign government jurisdiction, or by a private company; and
— documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider.
People who appear over the age of 18 will also be required to show
identification with their proof of vaccination.

On Monday, officials will begin city outreach and education of the new
policy, but actual enforcement will not start until Nov. 29. Businesses
violating the ordinance will be issued a $1,000 fine for a second violation,
$2,000 fine for a third violation and a $5,000 fine for a fourth and subsequent

People can be exempted from the mandate if they have medical
conditions that restrict their ability to get vaccinated or a “sincerely held
religious belief,” according to the ordinance. Those exemptions will have to
be reviewed by the location the person is trying to enter.

People who are exempt will be able to use outdoor areas of the
location, but if unavailable, they may be allowed to enter the indoor area by
providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was conduced within 72 hours.

The ordinance also requires people to show proof of vaccination or a
negative COVID-19 test to attend outdoor events with 5,000 or more people,
which would be stricter than the Los Angeles County requirement, which applies to outdoor events with 10,000 or more people.

Los Angeles County’s rules, which are less expansive than the city’s,
went into effect on Thursday, also requiring people patronizing or working in
an indoor bar, winery, brewery, nightclub or lounge in the county to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We’ve spent too much time placing restrictions on people who did
their part by getting vaccinated and wearing their masks. We need to both limit the transmission of the virus as well as make it inconvenient for those who are unvaccinated to access indoor venues and put lives at jeopardy. The stakes are too high,” Council President Nury Martinez said during the City Council’s process approving the ordinance.

Final approval of the city’s ordinance was given in an 11-2 vote by
council members on Oct. 6.

“Vaccinating more Angelenos is our only way out of this pandemic, and
we must do everything in our power to keep pushing those numbers up,”
Garcetti said in a statement after the council’s vote.

“These new rules will encourage more people to get the shot, and make
businesses safer for workers and customers — so that we can save more
lives, better protect the vulnerable and make our communities even safer as we fight this pandemic.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara
Ferrer said Thursday that the county is seeing a slight uptick in COVID-19
transmission, but other pandemic-tracking metrics, including the number of
people hospitalized, have plateaued.

The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 1.6% as of Thursday, up from 1.2% a week earlier. The county’s vaccination rate remained largely unchanged last weekcompared to the week before, with 80% of eligible residents age 12 and over receiving at least one dose, and 72% fully vaccinated. Among all 10.3 million residents, including those not eligible for shots, 69% had received one dose, and 62% were fully vaccinated.

Children age 5-11 became eligible for shots last week, a group that
includes about 900,000 kids in Los Angeles County.

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