Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a new law requiring people over 12 to provide proof of full coronavirus vaccination to access a wide range of indoor locations.
As of November 4, Los Angeles business owners must request to see digital or physical coronavirus immunization cards of people before allowing them entry. People with health problems preventing them from being safely vaccinated and those with religious exemptions will instead need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of their visit.
Hector Aguirre, director of City Tacos at USC Village, said he’s not sure what steps his company will need to take to uphold the mandate.
“I don’t really know the whole situation. I just saw [the news] right now for the first time, ”Aguirre said. “I mean, I’ve heard that other countries like France are already in a situation where people… have to show proof of vaccination, but for LA I’m not sure how it’s going to go.”
Aguirre said that because City Tacos had just moved to Los Angeles, the tenure could make the transition more difficult.
“I mean, we just opened last month so we’re still brand new to the site,” Aguirre said. “We’re still trying to figure out how everything works now, to sort out our problems.”
Marin Ruiz, a second-year major in neuroscience, also expressed concern for companies, which she said are likely to have difficulty implementing the order due to the potential loss of customers.
“I really feel like there is so much that can go wrong, it’s going to be very difficult to apply,” Ruiz said. “I have a feeling that businesses are going to learn that people won’t want to go or that people might not be able to access some [businesses] because they cannot provide proof of vaccination.
Aayush Jonnagadla, a junior specializing in business administration, said he believes the board’s policy will have a positive impact on Los Angeles, but expects enforcement and compliance to be difficult for students living on the campus.
“At USC, it will be difficult for students to be able to have all the information about their Trojan Check as well as vaccination requirements,” Jonnagadla said. “There are also so many different ways to get these immunization cards online, so it’s complicated for people to figure out… It just takes a standardized immunization card that they digitally accept.”
Other students see the ordinance as a valid way to fight the spread of the coronavirus, such as Jake Kandell, a sophomore majoring in computer science.
“I think it’s generally a good idea. I think the vaccine is huge. That’s what’s going to get us out of COVID, ”Kandell said. “Yes [the city is] able to find a good system to set it up where people can easily access their vaccine information and there are people who are easily able to check it in a quick way, this is definitely a good step and a great way to help us slow down COVID.
Despite his concerns about the logistics of implementing the mandate, Jonnagadla said he ultimately supported the decision because he believed that maximizing vaccinations would also maximize public health.
“If you do your part, you are protecting the people around you – you are not just protecting yourself,” Jonnagadla said. “So I think that’s really a very important thing and I’m happy that LA is instituting this.”