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Pasadena to Review County Order Requiring COVID Vaccine/Test for Outdoor Events, Vaccines for Indoor Bars

Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 3:45 pm

Pasadena Public Health Department officials will be examining a revised L.A. County health order that will impose new COVID-19 mandates requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for outdoor mega-events of 10,000 people or more.

“We’re waiting to review the health order to determine how we’ll move forward,” said Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian.

Because Pasadena has its own Public Health Department, the city is not required to comply with the county order but could adopt a similar measure.

The new county health order, expected to be issued later this week, will also require proof of vaccination for all customers and employees in indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges. The order will also require patrons and employees to have at least one dose of vaccine by Oct. 7 and receive their second dose by Nov. 4.

The order will recommend, but not require, vaccine verification for employees and customers in indoor portions of restaurants.
The city Public Health Department is not required to go along with the order.

“This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk of transmission and increase vaccination coverage,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors. “This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”

Ferrer said county health officials “believe that targeted vaccine mandates are now a very important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage across our county and ending the pandemic.”

The vaccination/testing requirement for outdoor mega-events — including Dodger, Rams and Chargers games — will take effect Oct. 7.

Attendees at indoor mega-events of 5,000 or more people are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

This is a developing story. Pasadena Now will update it as more information becomes available.

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