LA to require vaccines for bars and nightclubs

Would you like to party with the stars in Los Angeles?

Well, going forward, you'll need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination if you want to go to a bar or nightclub.

You'll have to do the same - or present a negative COVID test - if you want to visit one of the city's famous theme parks or an outdoor event with 10,000 people or more.

LA health officials made the announcement Wednesday (September 15).

The new rules are due to be included in a Health Officer Order expected on Friday (September 17).

Local media also reported Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said it was part of the county's plan to boost vaccine rates.

"I'm fine with it. I mean, you know, personally, I'm vaccinated myself, but, you know, whether or not you believe that's something that you want to do is totally up to you. But, you know, every decision has consequences. So if that's the case and, you know, a business or a restaurant mandates that you have it, then you've got to abide by those rules. So, you know, I'm OK with it.

"I mean, I'm against it. I had COVID and I was able to get through it. I test antibodies once a month so that I know if I'm still covered and so I don't have a vaccination card. So I would hate to think that that I'd be eliminated from, you know, being able to do life simply because I have been told that I don't need to have a vaccination at this point."

It comes after President Joe Biden announced last week he would require all U.S. businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure staff are vaccinated, or present a negative test each week.

Opinion polls show a majority of Americans support some form of mandate.

As of September 1 around one in five U.S. companies had a vaccine mandate, according to a Reuters poll.

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