COVID mandate at large outdoor events at LACo will begin on Thursday

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Starting Thursday, anyone aged 12 and over participating in a large-scale outdoor event in Los Angeles County with 10,000 or more people – like college and pro football games – must present proof of complete vaccination against COVID -19 or a negative test carried out within 72 hours.

The mandate will apply to any paid outdoor gathering of 10,000 or more, including sporting events, concerts and even theme parks such as Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios. All participants, regardless of their immunization status, must wear a face covering during events.


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  • As of Thursday, anyone aged 12 and over participating in a large-scale outdoor event in LA County will be required to show full proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours.
  • The mandate will apply to any paid outdoor gathering of 10,000 people or more, including sporting events, concerts and even theme parks.
  • Valid proof of immunization status forms include a white CDC or WHO immunization card, photo of immunization card, or digital immunization verification
  • Also starting Thursday, all customers and employees in the interior parts of bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges in the county will be required to show proof of at least one dose of vaccine.

The rules will be in effect during Saturday’s USC football game against Utah at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC athletic director Mike Bohn sent a note this week reminding fans of the requirement, noting that the definition of “fully vaccinated” means that a person must have received a final dose of the vaccine at the latest. at least two weeks.

Sunday’s game between the Chargers and the Cleveland Browns at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood will also be affected.

Since the mandate only applies when 10,000 or more people are present, the requirement will only be applied on certain days in theme parks when capacity reaches this threshold. Six Flags Magic Mountain officials said on Wednesday the requirement would be enforced “on certain designated days.” According to the park’s website, these designated days are currently Friday through Sunday in October, coinciding with the popular Halloween attraction “Fright Fest”.

According to Universal Studios Hollywood, verification of vaccines / tests will take place “as necessary based on theme park attendance.”

Valid forms of proof of vaccination status include a white CDC or WHO vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, or digital vaccination verification issued by the state or other health agency.

Six Flags announced a partnership with the CLEAR health card app on Wednesday, which allows users to upload their vaccination information and a photo, helping speed entry into the theme park.

County theme park operators, as well as an industry association, had expressed concerns over the requirement, opposing parks had limited staff to verify the required documentation – both a vaccine check / tests and photo ID – can lead to long queues for admission to parks. They also argued that customers who purchased tickets in advance before requirements were announced should be granted a grace period.

County public health director Barbara Ferrer said last week that small changes had been made to the regulations to make it easier to enforce the rules.

Specifically, the county will not require proof of a negative COVID test for customers aged 11 and under – an age group that is still not eligible for vaccinations. The county has also removed the requirement for customers aged 17 and under to provide photo ID along with their vaccination / test verification.

The county has also agreed to postpone the requirement for photo identification for people aged 18 and over until November 1.

Proof of vaccination or a negative test is already required at large indoor events of 1,000 people or more in the county.

Also starting Thursday, all customers and employees in the interior parts of bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges in the county will be required to show proof of at least one dose of vaccine. All customers and employees will need to have a second dose by November 4.

The ordinance recommends, but does not require, vaccine testing for employees and customers in interior parts of restaurants.

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