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Long Beach to require proof of vaccination at bars, breweries, and more; follows County mandate

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In one of the most prohibiting moves against those who are unvaccinated, Los Angeles County will be issuing a mandate which will require proof of vaccination—in addition to its previous mandate of proof of vaccination at events over 10,000 people—at bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries and distilleries—but not, as of yet, restaurants.

And Long Beach is following.

Per the Health and Human Health Department: “The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will align with Los Angeles County and require proof of vaccination at indoor bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries that do not serve food (establishments that are 21+).”

While not required, the Health Department also strongly recommends that restaurants establish similar proof of vaccination requirements for the safety of its staff and patrons.

Throughout the pandemic, the City has proactively protected its residents and visitors using data and recommendations from medical experts. Data show that those who are18-34 years old are least likely to be vaccinated and are being infected at higher rates than other age groups. Indoor bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries are considered some of the most high-risk settings and have the highest instances of interaction without masks.

Further, they already require patrons to show identification and have established practices to ensure compliance; these also are establishments often frequented bythose in their 20s and 30s who are the least likely to be vaccinated.

Outdoor mega events of 10,000 or more people will require proof of vaccination or anegative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to attending. Attendees at indoor mega events are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result prior to entry. The City has already proactively implemented this protocol for the largest outdoor event in California, the Acura Grand Prix which is scheduled for Sept 24-26, 2021.

The Department will issue a revised Health Order by the end of the week. To allow time for compliance, patrons and employees will be required to be partially vaccinated by Oct. 7 and fully vaccinated by Nov. 4.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the County’s public health director and most significant voice in these decisions, believes that “targeted vaccine mandates are now a very important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage across our county and ending the pandemic,” per a report from ABC7.

Editor’s note: This piece has been updated to reflect the City of Long Beach’s recent mandate.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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