West Hollywood requires proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms

The City of West Hollywood issued an emergency executive order Friday to implement a COVID-19 vaccine verification requirement at most businesses.

The city manager and director of emergency services, David A. Wilson, issued the emergency order following direction from the West Hollywood City Council as “as the transmission rate of the COVID-19 Delta variant remains high in Los Angeles County and throughout the nation,” the city said in a news release.

By Oct. 11, the following types of businesses (which the city refers to as “Covered Businesses”) must require all patrons age 18 and older to show proof that they are fully vaccinated before entering any indoor portion of a given facility, “subject only to certain exceptions.”

  1. Establishments where food or drink is served indoors, including, but not limited to: restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theaters, cannabis consumption lounges and entertainment venues
  2. Health and fitness facilities, including, but not limited to: gyms, recreation facilities, yoga studios, dance studios and other fitness establishments, where any patrons engage in cardiovascular, aerobic, strength training, or other exercise involving elevated breathing
  3. Personal care establishments that include businesses that offer personal care services such as but not limited to, esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services, non-medical electrology, body art professional, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent makeup, piercing shops, massage therapy (non-healthcare), tanning services, nail salons, hair salons and barbershops.

Individuals who do not provide proof of full vaccination may use outdoor portions of these business facilities.

Those under the age of 18 are not required to show proof of full vaccination.

The Covered Businesses must also “use their best efforts” to ascertain the vaccination status of all staff who routinely work onsite, the city said. By Nov. 1, they must ensure that all staff who routinely work onsite provide proof of full vaccination before entering or working in any indoor portion of the facility. This does not include staff who work in the facilities on an intermittent or occasional basis or for short periods of time.

All city employees, temporary employees, interns, contract personnel, volunteers, and elected or appointed officials who work at city facilities will be required to get vaccinated no later than Nov. 1

People over 18 must show proof of full vaccination within city facilities as of Oct. 11. This requirement also applies to team sports, athletic activities and privately organized clubs and leagues held outdoors or indoors on the premises of a city facility.

In addition, by Nov. 1, city contractors must show proof of full vaccination before entering any city facility or engaging in-person with city employees, community members or city businesses, subject only to certain exceptions.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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