High Compliance with Vaccine Verification Requirements at Bars, Lounges, and Nightclubs

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) inspectors continue to visit businesses across the county every day to ensure compliance with required safety measures, including masking guidelines and vaccination verification; provide technical assistance; and respond to complaints of non-compliance.

Between October 30 and November 5, 93% of bars, 94% of nightclubs, and 100% of lounges inspected were in compliance with customer vaccination verification requirements. Over the same time period, inspectors noted the overall majority of businesses were in compliance with safety requirements. However, only 68% of garment manufacturers, 67% of office sites, 80% of nightclubs, 82% of lounges, and 85% of bars were in compliance with employee masking.

From October 30 through November 5, a total of six citations were issued to businesses including gyms, schools, and a restaurant for noncompliance with Health Officer Orders. A list of non-compliant businesses that received citations can be found online. Violations of safety requirements and dangerous conditions can be reported anonymously to Public Health by phone at 888-700-9995 or online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov .

Today, Public Health confirms 11 new deaths and 1,174 new cases of COVID-19. The number of deaths reported today is an undercount due to a technical problem with reporting. Of the 11 new deaths reported today, three people who passed away were over the age of 80, three people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. To date, Public Health has identified 1,504,843 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 26,762 deaths.

There are 630 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 27% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 9,180,000 individuals, with 15% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.3%.

“I extend my sincere sympathy to everyone grieving the loss of a family member, friend, co-worker or loved one,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “I am grateful the majority of businesses are protecting their employees and customers by following masking and vaccination verification requirements. These high rates of compliance are a testament to collaborations among business operators, employees and customers to follow common sense safety precautions. The more people who are masking up and are vaccinated, the less likely an activity will result in viral transmission and the more likely we will save lives and move forward on our recovery journey.”

Anyone five years and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

Vaccine providers across Los Angeles County are also administering booster doses for all three FDA-approved vaccines; Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. People eligible for boosters include adults of any age who received their first Johnson & Johnson dose at least two months ago, and people who got the second dose of their Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago and are 65-plus years old or are over 18 and live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, or work or live in high-risk settings.

To find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com(English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound.

COVID-19 Sector Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website,www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.