Later this week, Los Angeles County plans to issue a new health officer order requiring proof of vaccination for indoor pubs, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges.

Outdoor mega-events, such as Dodgers, Rams, and Chargers games, will also require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours. The Daily Mail reported that county Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors about the new restrictions on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The new program will begin on Oct. 7 with proof of at least one vaccine dosage, and proof of full vaccination will be required by Nov. 4, according to the county’s Department of Public Health.

Ferrer added that the order strongly recommends, but does not mandate, vaccine verification for indoor portions of restaurants.

Theme parks, such as Universal Studios Hollywood, must meet the requirements for so-called “mega-events.” That condition begins on Oct. 7, roughly a month after football season begins.

Indoor events with a capacity of 1,000 people or more already have the same requirement.

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

On July 17, just a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared California ‘reopened,’ LA County reinstated its indoor mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status.

Los Angeles and other cities such as New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco are now implementing vaccine passports.

New York’s standards for bars, restaurants, and gyms went into effect on Monday, and company owners who fail to enforce the tight requirements for consumers and staff face fines of thousands of dollars.

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