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West Hollywood Requires Proof of Vaccination for Indoor Spaces

West Hollywood city officials issued an executive order on Sept. 10 requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to ender most indoor spaces. The mandate, issued by City Manager and Director of Emergency Services David Wilson, will ban unvaccinated people from entering both public and private “covered space[s].” “‘Vaccine mandate’ does not mean ‘involuntary vaccination,’” the order stated. “Rather, such programs impose consequences on individuals who refuse to get vaccinated, such as not allowing access to certain places.” Businesses affected will include indoor bars, restaurants, personal care services, and health and fitness facilities; according to the order, these covered businesses “have a higher risk of transmission because patrons are more likely to remove their face masks and are in close proximity with other patrons and the staff.” The order said employers may grant a “reasonable accommodation” to any employee who does not get vaccinated for religious or medical beliefs. …

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