FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 091521
Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding the Upcoming Los Angeles County Health Order Requiring Proof of Vaccination for Entry into Bars, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will align with Los Angeles County and require proof of vaccination at indoor bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries that do not serve food (establishments that are 21+). While not required, the Health Department also strongly recommends that restaurants establish similar proof of vaccination requirements for the safety of its staff and patrons.
Throughout the pandemic, the City has proactively protected its residents and visitors using data and recommendations from medical experts. Data show that those who are 18-34 years old are least likely to be vaccinated and are being infected at higher rates than other age groups. Indoor bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries are considered some of the most high-risk settings and have the highest instances of interaction without masks. Further, they already require patrons to show identification and have established practices to ensure compliance; these also are establishments often frequented by those in their 20s and 30s who are the least likely to be vaccinated.
Outdoor mega events of 10,000 or more people will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to attending. Attendees at indoor mega events are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result prior to entry. The City has already proactively implemented this protocol for the largest outdoor event in California, the Acura Grand Prix which is scheduled for Sept 24-26, 2021.
The Department will issue a revised Health Order by the end of the week. To allow time for compliance, patrons and employees will be required to be partially vaccinated by Oct. 7 and fully vaccinated by Nov. 4.