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State Expanding Mandatory Proof Of Vaccination, Or Recent COVID-19 Test Requirement At Large Indoor Venues

Proof of vaccination or recent COVID-19 testing will soon be required in all indoor venues in California, venues which have 1,000 or more people on hand.

Some South Coast theaters have already adopted their own, even more stringent guidelines.

The state has issued a new mandatory COVID-19 vaccination verification order which will impact large scale indoor events on the Central and South Coasts.

Beginning September 20, proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test will be required for people attending indoor events with 1,000 people or more on hand. The test must be within 72 hours of the event.

That requirement had already been in effect for indoor events with 5,000 or more people on hand, but the change drops the number down to 1,000 people.

On Tuesday, some South Coast theaters announced they will require proof of vaccination, or recent test results for all of their performances. That list includes Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theater, the Granada Theater, the Center State Theater and Ensemble Theater Company’s New Vic Theater.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.