California ends indoor mega-event vaccine and testing requirements

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) — The requirement for proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or negative test at mega indoor events was officially lifted Friday in California, though still strongly recommended.

Indoor mega-events include those with 1,000 or more people, while outdoor mega-events include 10,000 or more people.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website states that “This change recognizes that while case rates and hospitalizations have been declining statewide since their peak during the Omicron push, mega indoor events continue to involve multiple factors that increase the risk of transmission of the COVID-19″.

Although the requirement has been lifted statewide, venues and event organizers may continue to have their own COVID-19 safety protocols in place

The San Diego Convention Center has a busy year with mega events until December.

“More than 90 events are on the calendar this year. Some will continue to have the requirement for their events. It largely depends on the type of event, the size of the event, the expectations of the audience, the willingness of attendees to put this requirement in place,” said Maren Dougherty, executive director of communications and marketing at Congress Centre.

“Some of our events continue to require masks for all attendees regardless of vaccination status, some strongly recommend masks indoors, some have actually opted to have the vaccination or testing requirement negative in place even when they fell below the 1,000 people threshold.”

More than 100,000 attendees are expected at this year’s Comic-Con in July.

“We are expecting a full Comic-Con in July. It’s a bit too early to know what decisions will be made regarding protocols for this particular event, so I encourage people to stay tuned to our website, from the Comic Con website,” she said.

A Pechanga area spokesperson said Friday night’s San Diego Gulls game will adhere to new state guidelines and does not strongly recommend that people be vaccinated or test negative.

A spokesperson for San Diego State University sent ABC 10News a statement saying, “San Diego State University is currently evaluating updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health in this regarding major indoor events, and will share any changes with our University community.

“Before coming to an event at the convention center or any venue in San Diego, I would always recommend that attendees check with the organizers what protocols are in place,” Dougherty said.

The CDPH also said there are no capacity limits or social distancing requirements in place at mega-events.

Joseph K. Bennett