By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: California Department of Public Health (Information):
California: The California Department of Public Health has announced on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test requirements starting in September 2021 for indoor events over 1,000 people.
According to the California Department of Public Health, the new rules will take in effect in California on September 20th, 2021 and replaces current standards that call for COVID-19 vaccine verification or a negative test for events with 5,000 or more attending.
The guidelines apply to events like concerts, sports games and parades.
A negative coronavirus test must be taken within 72 hours of the event’s start to be accepted.
Additionally, self-attestation will no longer be accepted to verify vaccine status. Attendees will have to submit some form of proof, such as their vaccine card, QR code or a photo of their vaccine card.
The new rules, which will remain in place through at least November 1st, 2021, also apply to outdoor gatherings of 10,000 people or more.
The move is aimed at encouraging more people to get vaccinated while decreasing the potential for the highly contagious delta variant to spread.
In a statement, Doctor Tomás J. Aragón with the California Department of Public Health said, “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. By requiring individuals to be vaccinated, or test negative for COVID-19 at large events, we are decreasing the risk of infection, hospitalization and death.”
California Department of Public Health officials said their guidelines are supported by many in the events industry, including top executives at Live Nation and AEG.
According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 14,300 new infections and 90 fatalities were reported statewide Tuesday. The virus is largely spreading among unvaccinated people, whose case rate statewide is 500% higher than that of vaccinated individuals.
As of today, around 79% of eligible Californians had been vaccinated.