Los Angeles eases proof of coronavirus vaccination requirements at theme parks – slightly – after industry complaints
responding to the theme park industry’s concerns, Angels The county relaxed a little bit Corona virus disease Vaccination/testing requirements for visitors to large venues such as Six Flags magic mountain and Universal Studios Hollywood, but the general mandate will remain.
Under the county health official’s recently issued order, all attendees and staff at large outdoor events with 10,000 people or more will have to show evidence of a Covid vaccination or test negative within 72 hours, with the authorization taking effect October 7.
The order will be applied to large amusement park, which the country recently reclassified as a major site for outdoor events.
The county’s theme parks, along with an industry association, have expressed concerns about the requirement, arguing that they have a limited number of staff to check required documents — vaccine/test checks and ID cards — likely to lead to long queues to enter the parks. They also argued that recipients who purchased tickets in advance before the requirements were announced should be given a grace period.
When asked about the issue during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said small changes are being made to make it easier to enforce the rules at theme parks such as Magic Mountain and Universal Studios.
Specifically, the county will no longer require evidence of a negative Covid test for recipients age 11 or younger — an age group that is still ineligible for vaccinations. The county has also eliminated the requirement that beneficiaries 17 years of age or younger must provide a photo ID along with a vaccination/test verification.
The county also agreed to defer requirements for a photo ID for people 18 and over until November 1, although people must still submit a vaccination/test verification from October 7.
Ferrer said the delay “gives everyone more time to put (vaccine/test verification) systems in place and then add identity requirements in November.”
Supervisor Catherine Barger, whose district includes Magic Mountain, said she sympathized with the park and its concerns about implementing the county’s requirements, which go beyond those imposed by the state. She said the requirement “surprised Six Flags,” although discussions about those requirements have continued in public for weeks. Barger urged Ferrer to work closely with industries that may be affected by the new health official’s orders.
Supervisor Sheila Koehle, who has Universal Studios in her area, said she was “much less impatient with companies who complained like they weren’t expecting this and she was pretty shocked.”
“The reason they don’t want to change is because they’ve already sold millions of dollars worth of tickets across the country,” she said.
We have huge numbers of visitors from all over the country, including the red states with very high infection rates. …that’s way too many people, especially for Halloween tickets, and it’s Universal’s concern. They really want to pack the garden. I think they understand that, they are moving forward, they want to work on that. But I would suggest that the industry has a job as well, and that job is, don’t you just send me a message saying it. “Do not do this.” Because this is not helpful. We’ll do that, and I don’t just mean with parks.”
The province’s new health order will also require proof of vaccination for all customers and employees in the interiors of bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges. All recipients and employees will need at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7 and a second dose by November 4.
The order recommends, but does not require, vaccine verification for employees and customers in the interiors of restaurants.
The City News Service contributed to this report.