California Mandates Vaccine Cards for Large Events

California has become the first state in the United States to require vaccine proof for entering large events. KTLA states, “California will require proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test to attend indoor gatherings of 1,000 or more people starting next month, a move the state says is the first of its kind in the nation. The new rules, announced Wednesday, will take effect Sept. 20. They replace current standards that call for COVID-19 vaccine verification or a negative test for events with 5,000 or more attending, according to guidance from the California Department of Public Health.”

Additionally, on top of needing a vaccine card, any event attendee must prove that they are covid 19 negative within 72 hours of the event starting to be allowed to enter. “The revised rules don’t cover venues like malls or museums “that are open to public circulation as part of their regular operations,” unless they host a large indoor event. Churches are also exempt, but public health officials recommend they follow the guidelines. The requirements also apply to outdoor gatherings of 10,000 people or more. The rules are slated to remain in place through at least Nov. 1.”

One of the main reasons this new mandate was created is because of the soaring new cases of the new delta variant. “More than 14,300 new infections and 90 fatalities were reported statewide Tuesday. The virus is largely spreading among unvaccinated people, whose case rate statewide is 500% higher than that of vaccinated individuals, CDPH said.” LA has changed some of it’s guidelines as well to better handle the situation. “L.A. County changed its rules for large events Tuesday, saying both vaccinated and unvaccinated people will have to mask up at gatherings of 5,000 or more people indoors and 10,000 or more outdoors. The face coverings must be immediately replaced after eating or drinking.”

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