The new restrictions go into effect Sept. 20.
Amid rising concerns over the delta variant, California will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend indoor gatherings of more than 1,000 people, state officials announced in a public memo on Wednesday (Aug. 18).
The new restrictions go into effect Sept. 20, affecting events like concerts and sports games. California already has this requirement for indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people, but attendees haven't had to show proof. Now, state officials are requiring attendees to bring proof of either vaccination or a negative test received within 72 hours of the event. The testing requirement includes people who can't get the vaccine, such as children under 12.
The same rules are recommended, but not required, for outdoor gatherings of 10,000 people or more. Shopping malls, museums and other venues that are "open to public circulation as part of their regular operations" are exempt from the rule, unless they are hosting a qualifying event.