Los Angeles becomes the next city to enforce a strict vaccine mandate. The city of angels now requires that individuals provide proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, theaters, venues, and more. The new order is one of the strictest in the country.
The mandate went into effect due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. As the nation’s second-largest city, this mandate was necessary. Last year, California was losing 500 people per day due to Covid. As a result, Los Angeles’ hospitals were overfilled, and medical professionals were overwhelmed. The city brought in refrigerated trucks because morgues were at capacity. In LA county, about 10 million people received at least one COVID-19 vaccine or both vaccines.
Last month LA City Council voted that anyone over the age of 12 be fully vaccinated to enter businesses. In addition, anyone with religious or medical exemptions will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering an establishment. Even though the new rule went into effect on Monday, officials won’t enforce it until November 29th, 2021. The first offense is just a warning, but the second one will result in a $1000 to $5000 fine.