City Of Los Angeles To Require Proof Of Vaccination Starting Today

This shouldn’t cause any problems at all for business, right? But, hey, you Angelenos voted for this type of authoritarianism, don’t complain

Proof of vax required as strict mandate takes effect in LA

Yoga studio owner David Gross felt relieved after Los Angeles passed a vaccine mandate that is among the strictest in the country, a measure that took effect Monday that requires proof of shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to shopping malls and theaters to nail and hair salons.

For Gross, the relief came from knowing he and his co-owner don’t have to unilaterally decide whether to verify their customers are vaccinated. In another part of town, the manager of a struggling nail salon feels trepidation and expects to lose customers. “This is going to be hard for us,” Lucila Vazquez said.

Los Angeles is among a growing number of cities across the U.S., including San Francisco and New York City, requiring people show proof of vaccination to enter various types of businesses and venues. But rules in the nation’s second-most-populous city, called SafePassLA, apply to more types of businesses and other indoor locations including museums and convention centers.

They are being implemented as new cases have started inching up following a sharp decline from an August peak driven by the delta variant.

This was the time of year in 2020 when the worst spike of the pandemic was just beginning in California, which by January saw an average of 500 people die every day. Los Angeles became the state’s epicenter and its hospitals were so overloaded with patients that ambulances idled outside with people struggling to breathe, waiting for beds to open.

Why are they inching up, when so many are vaccinated?

Among LA county’s roughly 10 million people, 80% of eligible residents now have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 71% of those eligible are fully vaccinated, according to public health officials.

To guard against anything resembling the January carnage, the LA City Council voted 11-2 last month for the ordinance that requires people 12 and older to be fully vaccinated to enter indoor public spaces including sports arenas, museums, spas, indoor city facilities and other locations.

Negative coronavirus tests within 72 hours of entry to those establishments would be required for people with religious or medical exemptions for vaccinations. Customers without proof can still use outdoor facilities and can briefly enter a business to use a restroom or pick up a food order.

This differs from LA County (via KTLA)

What about retail stores, auto dealers, corporate offices of all sizes, and so many more? What about big box stores and supermarkets? Why are they being left out?

Business trade groups say the mandate will sow confusion because Los Angeles County’s own vaccine rules — which apply to dozens of surrounding communities — are less sweeping. Cities are allowed to pass rules more stringent than the county’s.

“There’s a tremendous lack of clarity,” said Sarah Wiltfong, senior policy manager at the Los Angeles County Business Federation. For example, most retail shops are exempt. “But shopping malls and shopping centers are included, which of course includes retail shops,” she said.

Salons were especially hard hit during the pandemic and were among the last businesses to reopen indoors. Before COVID, Lynda Nail Salon in the Los Feliz neighborhood was regularly filled with clients for hair and nail appointments. On Wednesday morning, only one woman waited for her hair to set.

Vazquez, who manages the business, said she will follow the new rules even though many of her hair clients have said they won’t come in if it requires being vaccinated.

They can just visit ones not in the city of LA proper. Businesses that do not comply will get a warning first, then fines from $1,000 to $5,000. They’ll have to have an employee standing at the door(s) all day long being Vax Cop. Why do we need this all when they say masks work, and everyone is required to wear a mask?

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7 Responses to “City Of Los Angeles To Require Proof Of Vaccination Starting Today”

  1. Hairy says:

    Ohhh poor Teach still doesn’t understand masks DO work but alas they are not 100% effective
    Just like seat belts!

  2. Zippy the pin head says:

    Hey !! Let’s remove the mandates fir smoke detectors in homes

  3. drowningpuppies says:

    Heart attacks in 5 year olds seems to be a small price to pay w/Big Pharma.

    #TrustUs
    #ForYourOwnGood
    Bwaha! Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Before you know it fascist businesses will mandate drug testing of employees!!

  5. Zachriel says:

    William Teach: Why are they inching up, when so many are vaccinated?

    While 72% of the *eligible* population (age 12+) is fully vaccinated, only about 62% of the *total* population is fully vaccinated.
    http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine/vaccine-dashboard.htm

    William Teach: What about big box stores and supermarkets? Why are they being left out?

    Grocery stores and pharmacies are not under the mandate because the unvaccinated still have to be able to buy food and drugs.

    William Teach: Why do we need this all when they say masks work, and everyone is required to wear a mask?

    Because masks only offer partial protection.

  6. Unkle C says:

    Masks only offer minimal ‘protection’. The ‘ follow the science people’ have yet to effectively explain how a filter mesh of 3 to 7 microns [as measured in typical masks] can filter out an airborne ‘particle’ of 1 micron or smaller. Should the virus be attached to a moisture droplet or dust particle of sufficient size to be trapped by the filter, it could be captured. Simply airborne, it would pass freely. Simple physics. Masks are simple politics.
    To effectually filter out the virus, you would need a supplied air hood setup since you really can’t effectively breathe through a mesh much less than 3 microns.
    Antibodies, “the shot”, or ?, I don’t know the answer for you. You’ll need to do your own research and make your own decision. Depending on government is a fool’s errand.

    • Zachriel says:

      Unkle C: Masks only offer minimal ‘protection’. The ‘ follow the science people’ have yet to effectively explain how a filter mesh of 3 to 7 microns [as measured in typical masks] can filter out an airborne ‘particle’ of 1 micron or smaller.

      When someone coughs, they expel particles of 20-30 microns, which masks very effectively block. Masks also can filter large numbers of aerosol particles smaller than 10 microns. They don’t filter every particle, however. But in many situations people find themselves in, masks can effectively reduce the probability of infection by reducing the number of viruses inhaled. See Cheng et al., Face masks effectively limit the probability of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, Science 2021.

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