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


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

Former physical distance signage at Universal

Between changes in temperature control stations, facial mask mandates, physical distancing requirements and more, there’s been a lot to keep track of if you’re heading to a park. I, safety and health measures could change again soon in some California theme parks following President Biden’s recent vaccination mandate.

According to a meeting of the Loss Angeles County Board of Supervisors held today, the the county will implement new vaccination mandates in an effort to increase county-wide vaccination and “end the pandemic.”

© Jeff Vahle

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

Thus, for example, in the framework of the current “High Risk Configuration”, guests and employees attending mega outdoor events (10,000 people or more) will have to show verification of the COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test. In addition, “indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges” will require vaccination testing of both employers and employees. And, vaccine verification in indoor restaurants is also recommended and the current indoor mask requirement will be maintained.

© LA County

The calendar proposed by the board would require that all locations be met (including outdoor mega-events) requiring a test of at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before October 7, 2021, i test of both doses before November 4th.

Old health and safety procedures at Universal Hollywood

The board clarified that the new term it also applies to county theme parks, as the state has recently reclassified theme parks as mega-events for the purposes of these policies. Therefore, this will affect parks located in Los Angeles County, such as Universal Hollywood and Magic Mountain.

Board members plan to meet with theme parks in the near future to determine a plan for possible on-site testing involving an antigen test in which results can be obtained in 10 minutes.

Universal Hollywood

This comes days after President Biden announced the White House’s new COVID-19 action plan, which includes requirements for employers with more than 100 employees to implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates or test weekly unvaccinated employees.

Old health and safety signs at Disney Springs

The new order is it is expected to air on Friday, September 17th. Of course, we’ll keep an eye out for more updates you need to know before you go to the amusement parks, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest news.

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