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Los Angeles vaccine mandate risks confusing businesses, warns LA Chamber of Commerce

Don Simkovich

Downtown Los Angeles, Pershing SquareDon Simkovich

The vaccine mandate passed by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce could confuse business owners in LA. It’s a case of which agency do business owners listen to, says Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce president Maria S. Salinas.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to sign the measure which will take effect Nov. 4.

The neighboring city of Pasadena's public health department enacted a similar measure on Oct. 4.

“Businesses are already navigating multiple health orders,” Salinas said in a statement released this week.

Salinas says the City Council’s ordinance “does not align with the health orders from the County of Los Angeles.”

The order, says Salinas, applies to more businesses and events than the Los Angeles County order and she says the result is “creates inconsistent health guidelines throughout the broader region.”

In Los Angeles, critics have said the mandate is almost unenforceable.

Grocery stores are exempt from the Los Angeles vaccine mandateDon Simkovich

The mandate requires customers to be fully vaccinated to enter their favorite bar or indoor events like a Lakers game or Kings game. However, grocery stores are exempt.

Proof of vaccinations are required for indoor public spaces including shopping malls, restaurants, bars, gyms, sports arenas, museums, spas, nail salons, indoor city facilities and other locations. Current vaccine eligibility includes people age 12 and up.

Negative coronavirus tests within 72 hours of entry to those places would be required for people with religious or medical exemptions for vaccinations.

The Los Angeles Chamber is calling for statewide guidelines to ensure “consistent application and enforcement” from one jurisdiction to the next. The chamber recently sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom.

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