Los Angeles Announces Vaccine Passports Day After Gov. Newsom Survives Recall Election

by Alex Caldwell

Los Angeles County issued a health order that will require residents to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges, according to the county health director Dr. Barabara Ferrer.

Officials made the announcement one day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the recall election against him.

Patrons and employees will be required to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7, and their second dose by Nov. 4.

In California, patrons of indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees were already required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test. The new health order will apply to outdoor events as well.

All participants, including employees, of large outdoor events with crowds of over 10,000 people will be required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. The requirement will also apply to theme parks.

Restaurants will not be required to verify the vaccination status of indoor diners, but health officials strongly recommend it.

Gov. Gavin Newsom told Democrats after surviving the recall race that it is their “moral authority” to “lean in” to Covid-19 mandates. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters

The health order, which officials will implement this week, comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the recall election against him. Newsom signaled that more Covid-19 mandates could come after telling Democrats to “lean into” pandemic mandates and restrictions.

“Don’t be timid. Lean in,” said Newsom. “Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about formal authority of setting the tone and tenor on masks, on vaccines, and masks. But it’s the moral authority that we have.”

California Democrat lawmakers shelved bills issuing more Covid-19 restrictions days before the recall election. However, the legislature has indicated that they are likely to re-examine those bills in January, 2022.

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