It has been a tough pandemic year and a half for businesses and now with the Delta variant, cities around the country are grappling with ever-changing rules and mandates specifically geared to businesses’ day-to-day operations. The huge disparity of those who believe in vaccinations/masks versus those who don’t has further complicated things.
The fear and anxiety some feel about going out to restaurants, for example, is spawning confusion for customers and owners alike.
At this week’s City Council meeting, Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo suggested that a placard or logo be developed so restaurants and other establishments have a way to let the public know if their employees have been vaccinated or tested weekly. The logo is conceptual, and the intent is for businesses to take a pledge to follow the safest criteria possible to protect their employees and the public. Pasadena city staff is currently working to develop the program, according to Lisa Derderian, Pasadena public information officer.
Additionally, according to a new Los Angeles County health order, as of 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 18, face masks will be required at all outdoor mega events, except when eating. Pasadena’s specific health order is being finalized and will go into effect at midnight this Thursday. It is expected to impact a number of events at the Rose Bowl in particular, including UCLA football games.