Starting April 1, California will no longer mandate COVID-19 vaccine proof to attend indoor “mega events.”
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) made the change to its “Beyond the Blueprint” guide, attributing the change to “hospitalization are declining across the state.”
“Effective April 1, 2022, the requirement for vaccine verification or proof of negative tests for attendees at Indoor Mega Events will be lifted and will move to a strong recommendation,” the industry-based guide now reads. “These recommendations will continue to be updated as CDPH continues to assess conditions on an ongoing basis.”
Indoor mega events have been described as events with more than 1,000 guests, such as conventions, conferences, expos, sporting events and concerts.
Similarly, the vaccine mandate was lifted for outdoor mega events, which are considered events holding more than 10,000 people, on February 15.
While the vaccination requirement will no longer be mandated, it is “strongly recommended” by CDPH, and local jurisdictions such as L.A. County may choose to go forward with stricter measures.
L.A. County has not typically adapted to the state’s measures, immediately, with the Board of Supervisors taking into account its own health measures and statistics before choosing to remove COVID-19 related mandates.
The county has, however, mostly aligned itself with the state, as most vaccine and mask mandates are lifted, aside from vaccine requirements for county employees, which is still being enforced.