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The Los Angeles City Council approved a new ordinance that will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor venues, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Why it matters: The ordinance would require people to be fully vaccinated to enter indoor public spaces including restaurants, bars, gyms and sports arenas. It is one of the nation’s strictest mandates as vaccination rates have stagnated and cases persist in Los Angeles.

Details: Under the law, businesses must require proof of vaccination for indoor facilities starting Nov. 4, per the Los Angeles Times.

  • The requirements will expire once the emergency declaration for COVID-19 is lifted.
  • Religious and medical exemptions are allowed, but businesses must require those customers to use outdoor facilities or, in the absence of that option, show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Businesses who skirt the law will be penalized with a warning for the first offense and escalating to a $5,000 fine for the third offense.

The other side: Business groups raised concerns that the ordinance would cause confusion and make it harder to operate.

  • The Los Angeles County Business Federation argued that these restrictions would put L.A. businesses at “a competitive disadvantage to other neighboring areas” and raised concerns about businesses having to deal with false accusations, according to the L.A. Times.
  • Councilman John Lee, who was one of two opposing votes, called the measure "arbitrary," according to the Times.

What they're saying: “You have rights. You have liberties. But with those rights and liberties come obligations to protect fellow members of your society as well,” Councilman Paul Krekorian said.

What's next: Mayor Eric Garcetti indicated last week that he plans to sign the ordinance into law.

  • “I don’t want to bury another city employee, police officer, firefighter," Garcetti said, per KTLA.

Go deeper: Los Angeles school district mandates COVID vaccines for students 12 and older

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Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers

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The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers, but it will allow a similar mandate to continue for workers at federally funded health care facilities.

Driving the news: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency measure went into effect on Monday. It said that employers with more than 100 workers must require their workers to either get vaccinated or tested every week.

COVID cases soar by more than 200%

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Data: N.Y. Times; Note: Maryland case counts may be lagging due to ongoing technical issues; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The number of new COVID cases more than tripled over the past two weeks, shattering records all across the U.S.

Why it matters: The Omicron variant appears to be significantly milder than its predecessors, and it's not leading to as much serious illness. But sky-high case counts are still a warning sign, especially in areas whose health care systems are already stretched thin.

Updated 24 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Omicron is finally burning out — It's very difficult to get access to antiviral COVID treatments — Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbersAnother wave of death — FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly antibody treatments.
  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: Alaska governor joins Texas lawsuit over National Guard vaccine mandate — Navy discharges 45 sailors for refusing vaccine — Spotify to remove Neil Young's music after his Joe Rogan ultimatum.
  4. World: U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated — Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games.
  5. Variant tracker