Brian Hand, principal founder of tasting room Hand-Brewed Beer in Chatsworth, supports COVID-19 vaccinations to end the pandemic. However, following a Los Angeles City Council vote to create a vaccine requirement for indoor spaces, Hand and other business owners are concerned about the possibility that their staff may have to police customers. 

On Aug. 11, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 for city attorneys to prepare legislation that would require individuals to provide proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter indoor spaces. The regulation would cover restaurants, bars, retail stores, gyms, entertainment centers and more. Further details of the potential ordinance have not been finalized and once they are, the ordinance would require a final vote from the City Council. 

Addressing the potential vaccine requirement, the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce wrote in a statement to the Business Journal that it “supports the right of individual organizations and businesses to make these decisions on their own.”  

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