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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood has issued an emergency executive order to implement COVID-19 vaccine verification requirements as the transmission rate of the COVID-19 Delta variant remains high in Los Angeles County and across all the countries.

On Friday, September 10, 2021, West Hollywood City Manager and Director of Emergency Services David A. Wilson issued Emergency Executive Order (EEO) 2021-7 implementing the COVID vaccine verification requirements -19 for city facilities, covered businesses, city contractors and city employees. , and municipal officials.

Emergency Executive Order 2021-7 was developed following direction from West Hollywood City Council. On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, city council asked the city attorney to report on various related legal issues and issues regarding COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination warrants. On Monday, August 16, 2021, the city council approved the directive to draft formal mandates on COVID-19 vaccines to be implemented by emergency decree. The city council will ratify the TEE 2021-7 at its next regular meeting on Monday, September 20, 2021.

EEO 2021-7 establishes the following vaccination verification requirements in the City of West Hollywood:

Immunization verification requirements for Patrons in Covered Businesses: As soon as possible, but no later than October 11, 2021, Covered Businesses must require all customers 18 years of age and older to prove that they are fully vaccinated before entering an indoor area of an establishment, subject only to certain exceptions. Persons who do not provide proof of full vaccination may use the exterior parts of the covered business facilities. People under the age of 18 are not required to show full proof of vaccination.

Covered businesses include:

1) Establishments where food or drink is served indoors, including, but not limited to; restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theaters, cannabis consumption lounges and places of entertainment;

2) Health / fitness facilities including, but not limited to; gyms, recreational facilities, yoga studios, dance studios and other fitness establishments, where clients engage in cardiovascular, aerobic, muscle or other exercises involving high breathing; and

3) Personal care establishments which include businesses that provide personal care services such as, but not limited to, esthetician, skin care and cosmetology, non-medical electrology, professional services body art, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent makeup, body piercing shops, massage therapy (excluding health care), tanning services, nail salons, hair salons and hair salons.

Covered businesses will be required to display customer notification signs at entrances advising people that full proof of vaccination is required to enter. Signage samples will be available on the City of West Hollywood website at www.weho.org/coronavirus, after the order is ratified.

Immunization verification requirements for Staff in Covered Businesses: As soon as possible, but no later than October 11, 2021, Covered Businesses (as listed above) should do their best to verify the immunization status of all staff who regularly work on site and no later than November 1, 2021, must ensure that all personnel who work regularly on site provide full proof of vaccination before entering or working in any interior part of the facility. This does not include personnel who enter or work at the facilities of the Covered Company intermittently or occasionally or for short periods (for example, people who deliver goods or packages). People under the age of 18 are not required to show full proof of vaccination.

Covered businesses will be required to post staff notification signs in areas such as break rooms advising individuals that full proof of vaccination is required with details of how to get vaccinated. Signage samples will be available on the City of West Hollywood website at www.weho.org/coronavirus, after the order is ratified.

Immunization verification requirements for City facilities and Municipal contractors: As soon as possible, but no later than October 11, 2021, persons 18 years of age and over must show full proof of vaccination before entering any interior area of ​​a municipal facility, subject only to certain exceptions. This requirement also applies to team sports, athletic activities and private clubs and leagues organized outdoors or indoors on the premises of a municipal facility. In addition, as soon as possible, but no later than November 1, 2021, municipal contractors must show full proof of vaccination before entering a municipal facility or engaging in person with city employees, members community or city businesses, subject only to certain exceptions. .

Immunization verification requirements for City employees and City officials: All City employees, temporary employees, interns, contract staff, volunteers and elected or appointed officials who work in all City facilities will be subject to a separate vaccination policy that will require vaccination at most late November 1, 2021.

In EEO 2021-7, fully vaccinated and fully vaccinated are defined as two weeks after completing the entire recommended vaccination course (usually one or two doses) with a vaccine authorized to prevent COVID-19 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA ) the United States. including through emergency use authorization, or by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The following are acceptable forms of proof of full vaccination:

· A CDC vaccination card, which includes the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccine provided and the date of the last dose administered, or similar documentation issued by another foreign government jurisdiction;

· A photo or copy of an immunization record as a separate document;

· A photo of an immunization card stored on a phone or electronic device;

· Vaccination documentation from a health care provider; and or

A digital COVID-19 vaccine personal record issued by the State of California and available by going to myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov or similar documentation issued by another state, local or foreign government jurisdiction, or an approved private company.

The City of West Hollywood Emergency Order Establishing Vaccine Testing Requirements is aimed at protecting health and safety. COVID-19 continues to pose an imminent threat in the city of West Hollywood, across the region and across the country. Although vaccines are now widely available, many people in the state and region are still not fully immunized. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, unvaccinated people are at a higher risk of infection and a higher risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the COVID-19 vaccination can reduce the spread of the disease overall, and that vaccines continue to be very effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

For more information on the City of West Hollywood Emergency Order to Implement Vaccine Verification Requirements, please contact Janet Jimenez, Assistant to the City of West Hollywood General Manager, at (323) 848 -6376 or [email protected]. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

The full text of EEO 2021-7 is available on the City of West Hollywood website by visiting www.weho.org/coronavirus or by clicking on the PDF document link here.

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