California · COVID-19

Calif. officials mandate vaccines or negative test for mass indoor, outdoor events

Attending a major indoor concert or outdoor sporting event in the Golden State? You’ll soon be required to turn over proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test result.

Wednesday, California public health officials updated current coronavirus rules to require event managers operating so-called “mega indoor events,” with more than 1,000 attendees, to verify vaccination status or verify a negative test result.

Heading to an outdoor sporting event? You’ll need to cough up similar proof for such outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees.

Attendees are not able to self-attest to a negative coronavirus test and must present third-party verification for mega indoor events, the new guidance reads.

Event officials for outdoor events are admonished by the state public health agency not to accept self-attestation of vaccine or test status from attendees.

The state has not upgraded mask requirements beyond what was instituted in late June. The current indoor and outdoor mass event vaccine or test mandate will remain in effect through Nov. 1.

Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.