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The LA County vaccine rule creates uneven field between bars, restaurants, business owners say

The LA County vaccine rule creates uneven field between bars, restaurants, business owners say

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – A day after Los Angeles County announced stricter vaccine requirements for bar customers, business owners are offering mixed reactions about how the policy will affect the economy while keeping people safe.

The new policy, announced this week, requires bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges to require customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor areas.

This will require customers to have had at least one dose of vaccine before 7 October and full vaccination before 4 November.

RELATED: New LA County Health Order to Require Evidence of COVID Vaccination for Indoor Areas of Bars, Wineries

The policy strongly recommends, but does not require, vaccine checks for restaurants.

Having bars and restaurants fall under a different policy can create uneven conditions, some business owners say. Especially when some bars serve food and some restaurants have bar areas.

The Sherman restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks feels like a bar. However, because the company serves food, it falls into the restaurant category and will not have a mandate to ask customers for vaccination certificates.

Still, owner Theo Mavro says the policy does not seem reasonable.

“It’s mandate for bars,” says Mavro. “It’s not good for them at all. They’ve been through a lot last year, and if the unvaccinated people are able to get into our restaurant and we do not check on them, it would obviously be a bad thing. If it were mandate for us, then it would make it a little easier, because then we have to control it. “

Bob Kunz, owner of Highland Park Brewery, feels the same way. His business serves food but still falls under the required, non-voluntary rules.

“I am actually in favor of this mandate,” Kunz says. “I just think that if everyone is on the same rules of the game operating in the same sector and sphere, it makes more sense.”

The county says the requirement is tailored to companies that are considered to pose a greater risk of coronavirus transmission.

Although Mavro’s restaurant is excluded at this time, he is concerned that the mandate will cause some customers to stay at home.

“We are already in trouble,” says Mavro. “Since last year, we’ve been in trouble. We’re not going to recover. And I feel like fewer and fewer people are coming out.”

The Los Angeles City Council is working on a law that will require customers at restaurants and gyms to have at least one dose of the vaccine. Govin Newsom supports what the county is doing, but there are no indications that the state is planning anything similar.

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