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City Ramps Up Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test Requirements for Patrons of Bars, Breweries, Nightclubs, Lounges, and Mega Events

Published on Monday, September 27, 2021 | 5:11 pm
A business in Chelsea in New York displays signs requiring proof of vaccination prior to entering in August, 2021. (Shutterstock)

Saying the number of new COVID-19  cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days in Pasadena increased rapidly to  “High” and “Substantial” levels as has the testing positivity rate, the Pasadena Public Health Dept. on Monday issued stricter health rules.

The new order mandates that people attending mega events will have to show proof of full vaccination or proof of pre-entry negative result on a COVID-19 diagnostic test result in order to attend the event.

Customers receiving indoor service in bars, breweries, nightclubs and lounges, and the employees in those businesses must provide proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 7 and full vaccination by Nov. 4. These establishments primarily serve adults and already require patrons to show proof of age; children under 12 are exempt from these requirements. 

Self-attestation cannot be used as a method to verify an attendee’s status as fully vaccinated or as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.

Although the new order does not apply to restaurants, vaccination verification for customers dining indoors is strongly recommended.

The requirement for vaccine verification or a negative test within 72 hours prior to attending an outdoor mega event aligns with President Biden’s recently announced national COVID-19 action plan, Path Out of the Pandemic, and applies to outdoor venues and events with more than 10,000 attendees that are ticketed and/or have controlled points of entry to a well-defined area, such as sporting and music events

 Outdoor mega event organizers must prominently place information on all communications, including reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware of the proof of pre-entry testing or full vaccination status requirement, as well as the requirement for everyone to wear a mask while in attendance, and acceptable modes of verification. 

The new order goes into effect on October 7 at 12:01 a.m.

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