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Will LA be next to mandate Covid vaccine? City council pushes for rules requiring at least one jab

Los Angeles could become the next city to mandate the vaccine after city council members pushed for rules requiring people to have at least one jab before they can visit restaurants, bars, and stadiums.   

The jab mandate would extend to, but is not limited to, retail establishments, fitness centers, spas, and entertainment centers such as stadiums, concert venues, and movie theaters. 

The motion was introduced by City Council President Nury Martinez and council member Mitch O’Farrell on Wednesday.      

It comes a day after New York City authorities announced a vaccine mandate for indoor entry from August 16. 

But the proposed LA restrictions are expected to be harsher than those imposed in NYC, which only extend to entertainment venues. 

The Los Angeles City Council tabled a motion to introduce a vaccine mandate for indoor entry on Wednesday

If passed, the vaccine mandate would mean people would need to have had at least on jab before they can frequent bars, restaurants and stadiums (pictured, a bakery in Chinatown, LA)

If passed, the vaccine mandate would mean people would need to have had at least on jab before they can frequent bars, restaurants and stadiums (pictured, a bakery in Chinatown, LA)

The jab mandate would also extend to stadiums pictured, Dodgers Stadium, LA), concert venues, and movie theaters

The jab mandate would also extend to stadiums pictured, Dodgers Stadium, LA), concert venues, and movie theaters

Martinez said ‘enough is enough already’ as she introduced the motion on Wednesday.   

‘Hospital workers are exhausted, moms who have put aside their careers are tired, and our kids cannot afford the loss of another school year. We have three vaccines that work and are readily available, so what’s it going to take?’   

She added: ‘Our kids are about to return to school and the unvaccinated are putting their lives at risk every day. Ask your questions, talk to your doctor, and get the vaccine. Let’s put this behind us.’ 

Council member O’Farrell said in a statement: ‘Hard-working Angelenos, their customers, and the general public deserve to be safe in public spaces,

‘The vaccines are our most effective form of protection, and the time to act is now.’   

He added the exact venues that fall under the mandate would be chosen by city attorneys but that the requirement would apply to all eligible people older than 16. 

Several restaurants, private firms, public agencies, and universities have already imposed jab mandates in an effort to hamper the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant and avoid returning to a city-wide lockdown. 

Last week, authorities said it would require all city workers to be fully jabbed, or be tested weekly. On Wednesday, LA county officials issued an executive order to extend that mandate for its more than 110,000 workers.   

The executive order was issued by County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who is the chair of the county board of supervisors.

The vaccine mandate requires the county employees to be double jabbed no later than October 1, 2021, with exemptions only allowed for medical or religious reasons.   

‘This timeline gives our employees the time they need to consult with their healthcare providers, while moving expeditiously to protect the health and safety of our 110,000 workers,’ Solis said in a statement.

‘We cannot wait another day as this virus continues to upend and dramatically alter the lives of our residents. With today’s Executive Order, the county is prepared to lead, and I am hopeful other employers across our great county do the same,’ Solis added.

To date, 71 per cent of Los Angeles residents have received at least one vaccination. 

San Francisco authorities said on Tuesday they were considering a similar requirement.  

It comes after New York City authorities announced on Tuesday that customers will need to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, performances and gyms starting August 16.

Customers and workers will have to show proof that they’ve had at least one dose of a vaccine under plans to pressure New Yorkers to get a shot.

The policy will go into effect on August 16, but inspections and enforcement won’t begin until September 13, the week that the city’s public schools reopen for the fall.

It’ll fall largely on businesses to enforce the policy, and Mayor Bill de Blasio claims it won’t be too different from a host guiding someone to a table or a box office clerk selling a ticket. 

About 66 percent of adults in New York City are fully vaccinated, with another 5.6 percent partially vaccinated, according to official data.

But restaurant owners and advocates have hit back, saying the industry faces collapse if restrictions continue to burden a sector of the economy that has faced lost revenues and a staffing crisis over the past year and a half. 

‘Government is still making things harder on our industry. We can’t take it much longer,’ said New York State Restaurant Association President and CEO Melissa Fleischut, who says restaurants have suffered enough losses and restrictions during the pandemic.   

Customers and workers will have to show proof that they've had at least one dose of a vaccine under plans to pressure New Yorkers to get a shot.

Customers and workers will have to show proof that they’ve had at least one dose of a vaccine under plans to pressure New Yorkers to get a shot.

Official data shows that 66 percent of adults in NYC are fully vaccinated

Official data shows that 66 percent of adults in NYC are fully vaccinated

Sean Ogs, manager of the Woodside Cafe in Queens, said he was ‘floored’ when he heard the news.

‘We’ve already been in a struggle. I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it,’ Ogs said. 

‘It’s going to be extra work. It’ll make things impossible.’

De Blasio said Tuesday that some details of how the program will work still need to be worked out, but he did not think checking vaccination status should be too difficult for businesses, which already have to take tickets or show diners to a table. 

Those looking to catch a Broadway show or get in a morning workout will need to pull out a CDC vaccination card or an app like the Excelsior Pass proving that they’ve had at least one jab of a Covid vaccine. 

Vaccination cards will be accepted as proof of inoculation, along with state and city apps.

Patrons sat unmasked in chairs and benches at Variety Coffee Roasters in Brooklyn on Tuesday

Patrons sat unmasked in chairs and benches at Variety Coffee Roasters in Brooklyn on Tuesday

Residents can show their CDC vaccination cards along with state and city apps like Excelsior

Residents can show their CDC vaccination cards along with state and city apps like Excelsior


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