L.A. considers sweeping COVID vaccine mandate for restaurants, gyms, malls and salons

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Bennett Erickson, left, general manager at Sunset Beer checks proof of vaccination for Anthony Trapanese, middle, and Caitlin Forst, right, on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles County required to show proof of vaccination before entering. The report will consider whether a mandate should require one dose or full vaccination to enter certain locations, and whether the policy should apply to all indoor public spaces or certain nonessential businesses and events. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Bennett Erickson, left, serves Anthony Trapanese and Caitlin Forst after checking their vaccination status at Sunset Beer in Echo Park. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles is considering a sweeping law requiring adult customers to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, shopping centers, museums, movie theaters and hair and nail salons.

The plan, which the City Council will consider Wednesday, would be one of the strictest vaccine orders to date — and likely make demonstrating inoculation status part of the daily routine for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Angelenos.

The proposal also would require adult customers to show proof of vaccination to enter bowling alleys, arcades, cardrooms and pool halls, as well as personal care establishments such as tanning salons, skin care businesses, tattoo and piercing shops, and massage therapy settings except for treatment of a medical condition.


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Sioux Falls restaurants are cleaner after COVID, inspectors says

It was apparent to Dominic Miller that Sioux Falls restaurants used their time during the height of the coronavirus pandemic well.

The public health inspector, now Sioux Falls public health manager, was one of six inspectors evaluating Sioux Falls’ 700-plus restaurants and grocery stores on a bi-annual basis.

Restaurants had shut down dine-in eating in the spring of 2020. Many restaurants filled their employees’ time by cleaning to avoid layoffs and prepare for the eventual return of customers, Miller said.

“It was actually very refreshing,” Miller said. “The restaurant industry really took the time to clean. You could see how they pulled the equipment out and did some deep cleaning throughout the establishment. You immediately knew they’d used their downtime well so they were ready again when customers came back.”

Manager Marilyn Schmidt fills a bowl of tomato soup for a customer on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Camille's Sidewalk Cafe in Sioux Falls.

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Why franchises fare as badly as small restaurants amid COVID, Delta variant surge [Video]

Restaurants walloped by COVID-19 have suffered a silent epidemic of financial woes among an unlikely segment: Franchise eateries.

The pandemic’s impact on the food industry has been well chronicled, with many having to shutter, drastically cut staffing and hours, or resort to other desperate measures just to stay afloat. However, some experts say franchises — third party operators licensed by larger brands — are just as vulnerable to closure and operational struggles, like food and labor shortages.

A staggering 20,000 franchisees nationwide closed in 2020, and employment in the sector plunged by 11.2% to 7.5 million last year, according to data from the International Franchise Association (IFA).

That represented a loss of approximately 940,000 jobs across food and leisure establishments in an industry that generated $680 billion worth of output to the U.S. economy, the IFA estimates. Still, franchise jobs are expected to jump by over 10% this year

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Travelers weigh Hawaii plans after governor begs tourists not to come amid COVID surge

Michele Liedtke has been prepping since February for her first vacation in two years, when she and her best friend from eighth grade booked a Maui vacation package.

Liedtke, a veterans’ home nurse, bought new luggage, swimsuits, outfits and gear for a boat trip she booked to Molokini, the crescent-shaped crater popular with snorkelers.

She also joined a Maui Facebook group for COVID-19 travel tips, and even changed the background on her phone to a photo of tropical fish.

On Wednesday, she left the group and swapped out the aquatic photo.

The weeklong Hawaii trip, due to begin the day after Labor Day, is off. Liedtke canceled the vacation two days after Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued a plea for tourists to avoid travel to the state through October due to a surge in COVID-19 cases straining the state’s already limited hospital capacity. She was able to cancel her Costco

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