City of Culver City COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement FAQs

As LA County's COVID-19 Community Risk Level is currently Low, on March 14, 2022, City Council decided to remove the City's COVID-19 vaccination verification requirements.

General FAQs

What are the locations where proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required?

Food & Beverage Establishments

Restaurants, bars, fast food establishments, coffee shops, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts (including those in malls), breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls, and hotel ballrooms.

Gyms and Fitness Venues

Gyms, recreation facilities, fitness centers, yoga, Pilates, cycling, barre, and dance studios, hotel gyms, boxing and kickboxing gyms, fitness boot camps, and other facilities used for conducting indoor group fitness classes.

Entertainment and Recreation Venues

Movie theaters, music and concert venues, live performance venues, adult entertainment venues, commercial event and party venues, sports arenas, convention centers, exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, card rooms, family entertainment centers, play areas, pool and billiard halls, and other recreational game centers.

Personal Care Establishments

Spas, nail salons, hair salons, barbershops, tanning salons, estheticians, skin care and cosmetology services, body art professionals, piercing shops, and massage therapy, except as medically required.

City Facilities

City Hall, Senior Center, Veterans Memorial Building, Teen Center, The Plunge, recreation buildings at parks, Transportation Building, Fire Stations.

How do I verify proof of vaccination?

Businesses must cross check proof of vaccination against a photo ID.

Proof of vaccination includes any of the following:

(a) COVID-19 vaccination record card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (“CDC”) or World Health Organization Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered).

(b) A photo of a vaccination record card as a separate document;

(c) A photo of a vaccination record card stored on a phone or electronic device;

(d) Documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; and

(e) Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.

What is proof of a negative COVID-19 Test?

A printed document, email or text message displayed on a phone, from a test provider or laboratory that shows results of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen COVID-19 test that either has Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or is operating per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, that was conducted within 72 hours before entry into a Covered Location, City Facility, or Outdoor Large Event. The printed document, email, or text message must include the person's name, type of test performed, date of the test, and negative test result.

What is considered fully vaccinated?

A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 or more days after completing the entire recommended series of vaccination with a COVID-19 Vaccine. Currently, an individual is considered Fully Vaccinated at least two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine or two weeks after receiving the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.


Unvaccinated Patrons

Where can unvaccinated patrons be served?

Unvaccinated patrons, including patrons claiming medical or religious exemptions from the requirement, must use outdoor portions of the business. Businesses may offer service outside for unvaccinated patrons such as curbside pickup, drive thru, delivery, and outdoor seating and dining. Unvaccinated patrons may go inside for brief and limited periods of time to use the restroom, order, pick-up, or pay for food or drink "to go," or perform necessary repairs, provided that they wear a well-fitting mask at all times while inside.

Does an unvaccinated patron need to claim a medical or religious exemption?


What if a business has no outdoor services?

If a business is not able to provide outdoor services, a business may allow a patron inside if they have a negative COVID-19 test and photo identification, and provided that they wear a well-fitting mask at all times while indoors except while actively eating or drinking, showering or engaging in personal hygiene or a personal care service that requires the removal of the face mask; or alone in a separate room, office or interior space.

Can a business with outdoor services allow an unvaccinated patron to eat indoors with a negative COVID-19 test?

No.  If a business has outdoor services, unvaccinated patrons must be required to use the outdoor services.




Unvaccinated Employees

Can on-site employees qualify for an exemption from the vaccine mandate?

On-site employees may be exempt for sincerely held religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason. They must provide their employer a declination form, signed by the individual stating either of the following: (1) the worker is declining vaccination based on sincerely held religious beliefs, or (2) the individual is excused from receiving any COVID-19 vaccine due to Qualifying Medical Reasons.

What is a qualified medical reason for an employee to be exempt from the vaccine?

To be eligible for a Qualified Medical Reasons exemption the individual must also provide to their employer a written statement signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician stating that the individual qualifies for the exemption (but the statement should not describe the underlying medical condition or disability) and indicating the probable duration of the worker’s inability to receive the vaccine (or if the duration is unknown or permanent, so indicate). See the most updated version of the CDC’s Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines guidance.

Are there other requirements for an employee with a religious or medical exemption to the vaccine mandate?

Yes.  The employee must test weekly for COVID-19 and wear a surgical or N-95 mask at all times while at work.

If an operator of a covered facility deems its on-site employee to have met the requirements of an exemption, the unvaccinated exempt employee must meet the following requirements when entering or working in such a facility:

  1. Test for COVID-19 at least once per week with either polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen test that either has Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or be operating per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  2. Wear a well-fitting mask at all times when in the covered facility.



Other Requirements for Businesses

What other requirements must businesses follow?

Covered businesses must develop and keep a written record describing the protocol for implementing and enforcing the patron and employee vaccine mandates. View a sample protocol for implementing and enforcing vaccine mandates(PDF, 47KB).

Beginning on November 12, 2021, a Covered Location shall display prominently on its premises, visible to patrons prior to entrance, and in any employee break room, an advisory notice informing patrons that, beginning on November 29, 2021, Proof of Vaccination is required to enter.

Download sample advisory signage and learn more about vaccination verification requirements for Culver City businesses

To report concerns, call the Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 253-6890 Monday through Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM or via email at





City Facilities

Do the vaccination requirements for City facilities apply to City employees or contractors?

No. The vaccination requirements for City facilities does not apply to any individual City employee or contractor covered by the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for all Current and Future City Employees.



Outdoor Large Events

What qualifies as an outdoor large event?

Outdoor Large Event means an outdoor event with between 5,000 and 9,999 attendees. An Outdoor Large Event includes conventions, conferences, expos, concerts, shows, nightclubs, sporting events, live events and entertainment, fairs, festivals, parades, large private events or gatherings, marathons or endurance races, and car shows. Outdoor Large Events may have either assigned or unassigned seating, and may be either general admission or gated, ticketed, and permitted events.

What are outdoor large events required to do?

Beginning on November 29, 2021 an operator of an Outdoor Large Event that is ticketed or held in a defined space with controlled points of entry must verify Proof of Vaccination or Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test for each Patron, prior to entry to the event. An Outdoor Large Event is required to cross-check Proof of Vaccination or Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test for each Patron who appears to be 18 years of age or older against Photo Identification. This section does not apply to a Non-resident Performer, who enters an Outdoor Large Event for purposes of performing or competing, except for non-resident performers who qualify as City contractors.

Download a sample advisory sign and learn more about vaccination verification requirements for Culver City businesses  

What is a non-resident performer?

Non-resident Performer means a non-resident performing artist, nonresident professional athlete or sports team, or non-resident individual accompanying a performing artist or sports team as part of their regular employment.