Los Angeles County officials have announced new measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in public places and mega events. Proof of vaccination will now be required to attend large venues with 10,000 or more people. The ordinance also applies to bars, nightclubs, lounges, wineries as well as breweries.
According to County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, individuals seeking to enter these venues will need to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7.
By November 4, customers, as well as employees, are required to be fully vaccinated.
Those who are unvaccinated also have the option of showing negative COVID-19 results 72-hours prior to the event. Ferrer said these new measures will be critical in curbing the “endless cycle” of coronavirus outbreaks.
Vaccine requirements do not apply to restaurants but are “highly recommended.”
Last month, the L.A City Council voted unanimously to require proof of at least one dose of the vaccine to enter indoor places.
News of the new ordinance comes as daily vaccination rates continue to decline in L.A County. Data suggests that around 66% of Angeleno’s have been fully vaccinated, with 75% receiving at least one shot.
On Wednesday, there were 37 Covid-19 deaths and 1,930 new cases reported.
As vaccine hesitancy and debates continue, the Black community has been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 due to pre-existing health conditions and health-care access.
There were 31 deaths and 887 new Covid-19 cases among African-Americans in Los Angeles since last week. The total deaths of African-Americans in L.A from Covid-19 is reported as 2,096 with over 64,000 cases.
Data suggests weekly vaccination rates among the Black community remains around 9%.
Last week, President Joe Biden also passed similar vaccine ordinances, requiring all federal workers and companies with 100 or more employees to receive the vaccine.
As employees continue to face stricter vaccine mandates, access to the coronavirus vaccine remains a concern. Many in the African-American community struggle with finding the time to get vaccinated, while juggling family and work duties.
Employers and public officials still have a long way to go in increasing vaccine access, but L.A County passed an ordinance requiring private employers in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles to offer employees paid leave to get vaccinated.
Many continue to encourage those who are unvaccinated to consult with their doctor over vaccine information. Your physician is the most trusted source for any information regarding the coronavirus vaccine. Vaccinated family and friends also play a crucial role in encouraging those who are unvaccinated to get a shot.