LA County County Vaccine Now Effective for Some Companies – CBS Los Angeles
San Fernando (Spila) – Friday is the first full day of Los Angeles County’s vaccine mandate, when customers must show evidence of vaccination or test negative for COVID-19 at select businesses, such as outdoor venues, bars, wineries and breweries.
While the San Fernando Brewing Company closed before midnight Thursday, the company is ready to check customers’ vaccine status before letting them in today.
“I feel like I’ve been picked a little bit, in fact, that’s probably the best way to put it,” said Vic Chuchanian, owner of San Fernando Brewing Company.
As a brewery that does not serve food, its business falls under the province’s new vaccine mandate, and while Zhouchanian said he is pro-vaccine, he fears the new rules will harm the business.
“As we see our comrades in the restaurant industry and other industries being able to kind of open up and continue serving their customers without any worries, we feel as if we follow the same rules and have the same risks, and scientifically there is no data to show that we are more dangerous than a restaurant or any other place,” he said. Shushanian “We feel like the black sheep of society.”
With just under 80% of eligible Los Angeles County residents getting at least one dose of the vaccine, Shushanian worries he will see a 20% drop in business due to the mandate.
“You can put their minds in their voices, especially when they call and ask about authorization and tell them we’re checking in, and they say, ‘Oh, OK. Thank you,’ he said, ‘and you can tell they’re not coming.'”
According to the county’s order, customers here who have not been vaccinated or have no evidence of a negative COVID test can still sit outdoors. They might just go inside to ask or use the restroom.
Marco Torres, a San Fernando Brewing Company client, said he supports the mandate.
“I always learned as a kid that I should not let my freedom affect the freedom of others. We are more important than me,” he said, adding that he also feels safer to go out now that the new rules are in place.
“I have access to a lot of my family, my young children and the elderly, and I want to make sure I can hug and kiss them. If people come around me, I want to make sure they do their part,” Torres said.
Shoshanian, who said he has been targeted by anti-vaccination activists, is not worried that he will have to deal with anti-vaccination activists as well. He said he had to hire more staff to enforce the mandate.
Restaurants, malls and salons will also have vaccination requirements for customers under the City of Los Angeles state, which takes effect in November.