California announced Wednesday it will require people to show proof they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a negative test to attend any large indoor event with over 1,000 people, becoming the first state to enact this rule in the nation, as coronavirus cases continue to surge nationwide.
The new rule, which will take effect on Sept. 20, will require people to show a vaccine card, QR code or photo of their vaccine card or take a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the event to enter.
Event organizers will not be allowed to permit people who attest to taking the Covid-19 vaccination to enter the event without proof.
The rule will apply to what California calls “mega events” with 1,000 or more people in attendance, which includes conventions, conferences, expos, sporting events and concerts.
Event organizers will need to inform people of the rules on their website, ticketing and other forms of communications, so people are aware before the event.
The new rule will remain in place until Nov. 1, and the state will reassess closer to that date to see if an extension is needed.
“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,” Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, California’s public health officer, said in a statement to KTLA. “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 reported 14,300 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, up from more than 12,500 a week ago, according to the state’s Covid tracker, with case numbers continuing to rise. Hospitalizations in California are also increasing, with some counties reporting similar hospital numbers to the winter Covid-19 surge. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken a more stringent approach than other states in tackling the Covid-19 surge, requiring state workers, health workers and teachers to get vaccinated.
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There are dozens of events that could be considered “mega events” coming up in California including the Comic Con Special Edition 2021, set for the end of November, and L.A. Comic Con 2021 in December. If the large event requirement is extended past November 1, these big events will likely also require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.
21.9 million. That is approximately how many people in the state are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s website, which amounts to about 64.7% of the California population.
AEG presents, the company behind the Coachella Music Festival and Stagecoach Festival held in California, will also require ticket holders to show proof of vaccination to enter the events in April. Live Nation, which hosts thousands of concerts throughout the U.S., announced it will allow artists and event organizers to require audiences to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test for concerts, as well.
Live Nation Concerts May Require Attendees Be Vaccinated For Covid-19 (Forbes)
California Is The First State To Require Teachers To Get Covid Vaccines Or Be Tested Regularly (Forbes)