The L.A. City Council voted to lift its indoor mandate where patrons were required to show proof of vaccination to enter.
In a 13-1 vote and Councilman Mike Bonin being the only dissenter, the mandate will be officially lifted as soon as Mayor Eric Garcetti signs the measure.
Bonin previously expressed concern over the most recent Omicron subvariant and did not feel the mandate should be lifted. Council President Nury Martinez responded by saying the mandates may be revisited if necessary, as the city learns “to live with this pandemic.”
The mandate previously affected indoor businesses such as bars, restaurants and gyms, among other indoor facilities.
Although businesses are no longer required to ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test, it is still an option if the establishment chooses to continue the practice.
As of Friday, L.A. County will have lifted all of its previous indoor and outdoor mandates, aligning itself with the state of California Health Officer Order.
On Wednesday,L.A. County reported 587 new positive COVID-19 cases, 29 new deaths and 325 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.