Proof of vaccination in LA expands starting Monday as mandate broadens requirements following small Covid increase in October

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Los Angeles will expand the nation’s already strictest vaccine mandates as the city  add several midsize venues to its list of places that require proof of vaccination to enter. 

Beginning Monday, the city will launch SafePassLA, expanding the vaccine mandate to include indoor and outdoor venues that have between 5,000 to 9,999 attendees.

Officials will begin enforcement at the impacted places, such as museums and concert halls and convention centers, beginning November 29 to give required locations time to adjust. 

In October, the City of Los Angeles began to require patrons to be fully vaccinated to enter the indoor portions of food establishments, gyms, entertainment and recreational locations, personal care establishments, and certain outdoor events. 

The vaccine mandate is expanding as LA fears a fifth wave of Covid as new cases began inching up in October following a sharp decline from August’s peak driven by the Delta variant.

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The LA City Council voted 11-2 to pass the ordinance last month requiring children  12 and older to be fully vaccinated to enter certain locations. 

A negative Covid test, taken within 72 hours of entry to those establishments, would be required for people with religious or medical exemptions for vaccinations. Unvaccinated patrons will be allowed to use outdoor facilities and can enter a business to use a restroom or pick up an order. 

Non-residents who are performing artist, professional athletes/sports team, and those accompanying them may be exempted from the mandate. 

A first offense will be met with a warning but recurring offenses could produce fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. 

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