Published On: Wed, Aug 18th, 2021

California Mandates Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test for Indoor Events

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LOS ANGELES—All attendees at California indoor events with more than 1,000 people in attendance will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event, according to rules announced Aug. 18 by the state Department of Public Health. The state previously allowed people to simply “self-attest” to being vaccinated or having tested negative, but the new rules—which take effect Sept. 20—require attendees to show proof. The previous guidelines also applied only to events with 5,000 or more people, but the new rules lower the threshold to 1,000. “The Delta variant has proven to be highly transmissible, making it easier to spread in large crowds where people are near each other for long periods of time,” said Dr. Tomas Aragon, the state public health officer. “By requiring individuals to be vaccinated, or test negative for COVID-19 at large events, we are decreasing the …

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