CA no longer requires proof of vaccination, negative tests at concerts and other large indoor events


California will cancel COVID-19 Vaccine and negative test requirements for large indoor events like concerts and games beginning April 1, state officials announced last week.

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and negative test results before entry are strongly recommended by the state – but no longer required – at “mega” indoor events with over 1,000 participants.

Masks are strongly recommended at mega events, but are not required by the government.

State drops vaccine review requirement as California emerges from Omicron-driven surge that sent winter numbers skyrocketing.

“This shift recognizes that while case counts and hospitalizations are declining nationwide from their peak during the Omicron surge, indoor mega-events continue to carry several factors that increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19,” the state health agency said to announce the change.

Local jurisdictions may choose to maintain the requirement, as may different jurisdictions.

In Los Angeles County, guests at indoor mega-events with more than 1,000 attendees must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative virus test result before entry.

The county hasn’t announced any plans to lift the requirements.

However, this is possible as the county, along with the state, has eased restrictions related to COVID-19 in recent weeks.

Last month, California dropped its mandate for indoor masks in most places and moved to an “endemic” approach to the coronavirus that emphasizes prevention and rapid response to outbreaks via mandates and closures.

Masks were strongly recommended for unvaccinated people in most indoor places such as shops, gyms, bars and cinemas, but were no longer required by the state.

Pupils and teachers were also allowed to go mask-free in schools.

Also, LA County has stopped requiring vaccine verification at places like bars and nightclubs. And the LA City Council is trying to do the same for businesses around the city.

But even as California eases restrictions, officials stressed the need to respond quickly if COVID-19 numbers start rising again.

“California must be vigilant to maintain situational awareness through surveillance and prepared to suspend or reinstate higher levels of mitigation recommendations or requirements,” the state Department of Health said wrote in announcing the updated guidelines for Mega Events.

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Dais Johnston

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