Los Angeles to Implement Vaccination Mandate for Theaters and Select Indoor Theaters | News

Starting next month, Los Angeles residents will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter movie theaters and continue other public indoor activities.

Los Angeles city councilors approved the measure on Wednesday, October 6. It imposes a mandate for visitors to cinemas, restaurants, bars, gyms, sports venues, museums, shopping malls and hair salons, among other places.

The amended order takes effect Nov. 6 and marks the latest efforts by authorities to overcome a pandemic that remains highly disruptive due to the delta surge and continued vaccine resistance among pockets of the population.

Enforcement will be a hassle and is the responsibility of site managers and employees, with a warning followed by a scale of fines from $1,000 to $5,000. The mandate is not yet countywide, and customers will be able to visit covered locations in nearby towns with impunity.

New York City became the first city in the United States to implement a vaccination mandate for certain indoor sites in August and similar measures followed in San Francisco and New Orleans.

According to the official Los Angeles County website, the daily number of Covid cases as of October 5 was 964 with 35 new deaths reported. A total of 1.46 million cases have been reported in the region and there have been 26,195 deaths.

Despite the delta’s surge, movie theaters have operated under protocols that have until now required the wearing of masks. While capacity restrictions remain in place and some viewers are hesitant, exhibitors and studios have seen encouraging signs of recovery.

sony Venom: let there be carnage surpassed $100 million in North America after five days of release, while Disney/Marvel Studios Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sits at over $200 million after its September 4 release. Both opened exclusively in theaters, as did Eon/MGM’s no time to die Friday through UA Releasing.

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