Los Angeles joins New York, San Francisco with strict vaccine mandate, although it won’t affect Staples Center.
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Los Angeles became the third city to approve a broad COVID-19 vaccination requirement on Wednesday, but the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, as well as the NHL’s Kings, stated Thursday that the regulation would not apply to them.
The law will take effect on November 29 after being approved by the Los Angeles City Council and signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Starting that day, everyone visiting indoor gyms, among other places, must be completely vaccinated, which means 14 days after their last dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Our only way out of this epidemic is to vaccinate more Angelenos, and we must do all we can to keep pushing those numbers up,” Garcetti said in a statement. “These new regulations will encourage more people to get the vaccine and make workplaces safer for employees and consumers, allowing us to save more lives, better protect the vulnerable, and make our communities safer as we battle this epidemic.”
Similar requirements were already announced in New York City and San Francisco.
The Los Angeles law, according to Staples Center and Microsoft Theater, “does not apply to them since they are already subject to an existing LACDPH order covering this subject matter.”
“The STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater will continue to follow the protocols established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), which require guests to show proof of being fully vaccinated or providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to the event date, as well as wearing approved face coverings when not actively eating or drinking,” the statement said.
There is an exception for “non-resident performers” in the Los Angeles requirement, just as there is in the New York City and San Francisco versions. That means it won’t apply to NBA players on the road.
Both the Lakers and the Clippers announced last month that their squads have been completely vaccinated or are in the process of doing so. The NHL’s Sacramento Kings have likewise said that they are completely immunized as a group.
In his preseason press conference, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said that the team would be completely immunized by opening night later this month.
“In opening night, when we face the Golden State Warriors,” Pelinka, who is also the team’s president of basketball operations, said on a videoconference call last Thursday, “all of the guys players on our roster, on that night, will be considered completely vaccinated.” “We appreciate it tremendously.”
Later on media day, Lakers player Anthony Davis said that he thought the team had already been completely vaccinated.
Coach Tyronn Lue stated during the Clippers’ training camp in San Diego last week that his squad was completely vaccinated, despite Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and head of basketball operations Lawrence Frank earlier declining to discuss his team’s immunization status.
“Our players are immunized, so we just have to do whatever the league says,” Lue said last week. “We try to follow the regulations and sort of go from there.” “Last year, we spoke about being able to adapt and do what we need to in order to play the game we love. As a result, various athletes and individuals have different views, which I appreciate. Our men are also completely vaccinated, therefore I appreciate their viewpoint.”
To access facilities like Chase Center, home of the Warriors, San Francisco, like Los Angeles, requires individuals to be completely immunized. In New York, however, evidence of just one vaccination injection is required to get access to Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, the home of the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, respectively.
Golden State forward Andrew Wiggins received his vaccination over the weekend, enabling him to participate in home games in San Francisco when the regular season starts later this month.
“The two choices were to get immunized or not play in the NBA,” Wiggins said following the Warriors’ preseason opener against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. “It was a difficult choice. Hopefully, everything will work out in the long term, and I will be healthy in ten years.”
Kyrie Irving of the New York Nets, on the other hand, continues to sit out activities in the city since he has yet to be shot. The remainder of the Nets’ roster, as well as the Knicks’ and Warriors’ complete rosters, are in conformity with the local rules.
Irving said during a virtual media session last week during Brooklyn’s media day because he was unable to attend in person at Barclays Center due to the mandate. “I know that I’ll be there every day no matter what and just be present for my teammates as one of the leaders on the team and be there for my growing tribe off the court,” Irving said.
“I understand that concentration must be at an all-time high with no distractions. More diversions, more fuss, and more drama surrounding this is the last thing I wanted to generate. With good intentions and a decent heart, I’m trying my best to keep this going.”
Nick Friedell of ESPN, Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, and Greg Wyshynski of ESPN contributed to this story.