L.A. County requiring COVID vaccines for indoor bars, nightclubs

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Los Angeles County will impose new COVID-19 vaccine mandates, requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for outdoor events involving 10,000 people or more (including theme parks).

The health order will also require vaccination proof for all customers and employees in indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges. Customers and employees must have at least one dose of vaccine by Oct. 7 and get their second shot by Nov. 4.

The vaccination requirement will not be mandated but it will be strongly recommended for indoor restaurants. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the bars will be mandated because they pose a higher risk.

"Our inspectors say, for the most part, all of the patrons, all of the customers are there without a mask, mostly because they have a drink and they're walking around and there's a lot of dancing and close contact with lots of people in most sites," Ferrer said.

The mandate for outdoor events is set to go into effect Oct. 7.

"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."