NEWS: LA County Theme Parks to Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test

Since reopening, the health and safety measures across theme parks in the U.S. have continued to evolve.

Former Physical distancing signage in Universal

Between changes to temperature check stations, face mask mandates, physical distancing requirements, and more, there has been a lot to keep track of if you’re heading into a park. And, health and safety measures could be changing once again soon at select California Theme Parks following President Biden’s recent vaccine mandate.

According to a Loss Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting held today, the county will be implementing new vaccination mandates in an effort to raise vaccination across the county and “end the pandemic.”

©Jeff Vahle

Under the new mandate, the county will implement a set of new requirements for proof of COVID-19 vaccination based on the county’s risk level.

So, for example, under the current “High-Risk Setting,” guests and employees attending outdoor mega events (10,000 people or more) will be required to show COVID-19 vaccine verification or a negative test. In addition, “indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges” will require proof of vaccination from both patrons and employees. And, the vaccine verification will also be “strongly recommended” at indoor restaurants and the current indoor mask requirement will remain in place.

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The timeline being proposed by the board would require all locations (including outdoor mega-events) to comply by requiring proof of at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 7th, 2021, and proof of both doses by November 4th.

Former Health and Safety Procedures at Universal Hollywood

The board clarified that the new mandate also applies to theme parks in the county, as the state recently reclassified theme parks as mega-events for the purposes of these policies. So, this will impact parks located in LA County such as Universal Hollywood and Magic Mountain.

Board members plan to meet with the theme parks in the near future to determine a plan for potential on-site testing that would involve an antigen test in which results are available in 10 minutes.

Universal Hollywood

This comes days after President Biden announced the White House’s new COVID-19 Action Plan which includes requirements that employers with 100+ employees implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates or test unvaccinated employees weekly, and more.

Former Health and Safety Signs in Disney Springs

The new order is expected to be issued by Friday, September 17th. Of course, we’ll continue to keep an eye out for more updates that you’ll need to know before heading to the theme parks, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!

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