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Proof of COVID vaccination required for many indoor businesses as strict mandate takes effect in LA

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — People in Los Angeles who visit indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings are now required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 after Monday after a strict mandate took effect Monday, though enforcement of the new law won’t begin until Nov. 29.

The city’s SafePassLA ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, and includes all individuals eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Accepted forms of proof of vaccination include:

— a vaccination card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental agency;

— a photocopy of a vaccination card or a photograph stored on a phone or electronic device;

— a personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State of California or similar documentation issued by another state, local or foreign government jurisdiction, or by a private company; and

— documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider.

People who appear over the age of 18 will also be required to show identification with their proof of vaccination.

On Monday, officials will begin city outreach and education of the new policy, but actual enforcement will not start until Nov. 29. Businesses violating the ordinance will be issued a $1,000 fine for a second violation, $2,000 fine for a third violation and a $5,000 fine for a fourth and subsequent violations.

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People can be exempted from the mandate if they have medical conditions that restrict their ability to get vaccinated or a “sincerely held religious belief,” according to the ordinance. Those exemptions will have to be reviewed by the location the person is trying to enter.

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