L.A. County To Begin Requiring Proof of Vaccination at Outdoor Mega-Events, Including Theme Parks

Los Angeles County health officials are set to issue a new order that will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at many locations, including theme parks, according to KTLA. 

What’s Happening:

  • A new order is set to be issued by Los Angeles County Health officials that will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination not only at indoor locations, like bars, breweries, nightclubs and lounges, but also at outdoor events with crowds of more than 10,000 people.
  • According to L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, this will also apply to theme parks.
  • Currently in California, indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees are already requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test result. The new order would make these rules apply to outdoor events as well.
  • Those attending the outdoor mega events and theme parks without proof of vaccination will be required to show a negative test result received within 72 hours prior to attending the event or park.
  • The new order will be enforced starting October 7th according to Ferrer, and the smaller venues affected, like bars and nightclubs and lounges, will require guests and employees to have at least one dose by October 7th, and fully vaccinated by Nov. 4th.
  • Theme Parks that will be affected by this order lie within Los Angeles County, with the major parks being Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • According to the California Department of Public Health, these are some options you can show if someone asks for proof of vaccination:
    • The white Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 vaccination record card you got when you were vaccinated
    • A photocopy of the vaccine card
    • A photo of the vaccine card on a phone or any other electronic device
    • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider
    • A digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays your date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type
    • Documentation of vaccination from contracted employers who follow these vaccination records guidelines and standards
    • The World Health Organization Yellow Card

What They’re Saying:

  • L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer: “This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk for transmission and increase vaccination coverage. This is a reasonable path forward that can position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”