No vax, no service. Beaches WeHo, Trunks Bar, Hi Tops, and The Conservatory join the Abbey Food & Bar, The Chapel, Harlowe restaurant and Formosa Cafe in requiring proof of a COVID Vaccine, or a COVID negative test result to enter their premises.
The Abbey released a statement this evening saying: “To protect our staff, customers, community, and country, we are requiring either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within the last 48 hours for entry. Since the pandemic began, our staff has been repeatedly screamed at, spit on, slapped and punched by angry customers for enforcing safety protocols. If you have a problem with our policy, please just go somewhere else, like to the nearest vaccination site. #ɢᴇᴛᴠᴀᴄᴄɪɴᴀᴛᴇᴅ.”
Shortly after, Beaches WeHo echoed the policy with a statement of their own via their social media platforms: “Starting Immediately… Proof of vaccination required for entry or a negative COVID test within last 48 Hours. We have given to options: one for those comfortable receiving the vaccine and another for those who may not want to get it for whatever personal/health reasons. If you don’t see the importance in doing your part to help stop the spread of the virus, YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US BE*CH!”
Trunks echoed the same policy.
The same goes for Hi Tops and a growing list of other businesses throughout the City of West Hollywood. This is in response to the surge of COVID infections that have resulted in some unnecessary deaths in Southern California.
Reports of hostility and violent attacks from both sides of the pro and anti-vaccine argument continue at the Harlowe restaurant where protestors have been rallying and railing against the restaurant’s policy requiring proof of a COVID Vaccine for most of this week. The situation was bloody yesterday when a man attacked the anti-vaxers with shoves and punches and then one of the anti-vaxers punched a journalist so hard, it knocked him to the ground.
The businesses adopting the now policy demanding proof of a COVID vaccine or a negative COVID test result are clearly not intimidated by scare tactics on display at Harlowe, however people out this weekend should proceed with extra caution.
Meanwhile, 3,248 new COVID cases were announced yesterday, along with 17 deaths. Positivity rate levels are at 5.17%. Hospitalizations are increasing again. Communities with the highest rates of transmission include West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills.
Local Public Health Officials are reminding community members that it is important to get tested for COVID-19 infection for people who develop symptoms, even if fully vaccinated. Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure. COVID-19 testing remains widely available across the county. Residents should first call their healthcare provider for a COVID-19 test. For people who cannot get a test through a healthcare provider, free testing is available; please visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.
Los Angeles County coordinates a COVID-19 West Hollywood testing site at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The testing site is open each week from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is adjacent to the Community Center in the South Parking Lot. Tests are being administered by Fulgent Genetics. Although walk-ins are welcome, it is strongly encouraged that those interested in getting a test pre-register for an appointment at la.fulgentgenetics.com. People getting tests should bring ID and confirmation number to the appointment.
Health officials urge all people to get vaccinated. Residents ages 12 and older with internet access are urged to use www.VaccinateLACounty.com to sign up for a vaccination appointment. For people without access to a computer or the Internet, or people with disabilities, an LA County call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at (833) 540-0473.
Additional information, such as links to West Hollywood-area drug store chains offering vaccinations, is available on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/coronavirus in the Vaccines and Testing Information section.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after they have received the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks or more after they have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.