California Requires Proof of Vaccine For Indoor Mega Events – NBC Los Angeles

Individuals attending indoor mega-events in California will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering, the state health department said Wednesday.

The updated COVID-19 safety policy, which begins September 20, requires proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of an indoor event with more than 1,000 attendees. The instructions of the health department previously required that people “self-attest” a vaccination or a negative test instead of providing evidence.

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The card tracks the number of doses administered by a recipient’s residence as per the California Department of Health.

The previous orientation was only valid for events with 5,000 or more people, not for the lower limit of 1,000.

Vaccinated California residents can receive a digital copy of their vaccination card. Click here to register and receive a QR code and digital vaccination record.

“The Delta variant has been shown to be highly transmissible, making it easier to spread in large crowds where people are close together for long periods of time,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “By requiring people to be vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19 at major events, we are reducing the risk of infection, hospitalization and death.”

The changes will remain in effect until at least November 1st.

The state ordinance follows additional mega-event requirements contained in LA County’s updated health ordinance announced Monday. The state’s most populous county had already required the use of masks in most indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. The updated Health Ordinance extends this requirement to large events that take place outdoors, such as large festivals and concerts, unless there is food or drink.

The district’s health code defines mega-events as events with a number of 10,000 or more participants outdoors and 5,000 or more indoors. The updated order goes into effect Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and includes music and food festivals, concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and elsewhere, and sporting events such as games at Dodger and SoFi, LAFC games at Banc of California Stadium and LA Galaxy games at Dignity Health Sports Park.

As of Wednesday, there were 4,057,724 confirmed COVID cases in California. There were 14,317 newly reported confirmed cases as of Tuesday.

Cases are increasing nationwide, mostly among unvaccinated people, state health officials said. The average case rate among unvaccinated Californians was 51 per 100,000 per day for the week of August 9-15, the health department said.

The case rate among vaccinated residents was much lower for the same people at 7.6 per 100,000 per day.

As of Aug. 18, 78.6% of eligible Californians had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the health department said.

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