Life is about to become more unpleasant for unvaccinated residents of Los Angeles County, California.
According to the Washington Examiner, a new mandate in the county will impact a range of public businesses and could affect millions of Americans.
Sweeping new requirements
County officials announced the new mandate on Wednesday, revealing that it will require those wishing to enter bars, wineries, and nightclubs to either demonstrate proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The mandate also applies to attendees of outdoor mega-events, which is defined as any gathering of more than 10,000 people, the Examiner notes.
In order to comply with the new rules, individuals will need to prove they had received their first dose as of Oct. 7 — the date the mandate is set to go into effect — and their second dose by Nov. 4. Those opting to provide a negative test must produce results from within the previous 72 hours.
The list of impacted businesses does not apply to indoor restaurants. Although the mandate recommends eateries require vaccination or a negative test result, it does not require such action.
This countywide mandate is an addition to an existing requirement that indoor events with more than 5,000 attendees must require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
“A reasonable path forward”
County public health director Barbara Ferrer defended the mandate as a vital step toward bringing down the infection rate.
“This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk of transmission and increase vaccination coverage,” she said, according to Breitbart. “This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”
Since the onset of the pandemic in Los Angeles County, there have been more than 1.4 reported cases. The county has maintained a relatively low death count of around 25,000.
The countywide mandate is largely aligned with statewide requirements implemented by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
He has faced widespread opposition over his heavy-handed COVID-19 measures, particularly in light of his notorious outing to a ritzy restaurant last year in violation of local ordinances. The pandemic was listed as a top issue for voters in a recent recall election, which the governor won on Tuesday, according to Politico.