New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor dining, fitness and entertainment, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.
The first-in-the nation approach — called the “Key to NYC Pass” — will apply to workers and customers in those indoor spaces, he said.
“The key to New York City. When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that because someone is vaccinated, they can do all the amazing things that are available in New York City,” de Blasio said at a press conference. “This is a miraculous place, literally full of wonders, and if you’re vaccinated, all that’s gonna open up to you. You’ll have the key, you can open the door.”
“But if you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” the mayor said.
“It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good and full and healthy life,” he added.
The policy will be phased in over the coming weeks. The final details will be announced and implemented during the week of August 16, with full enforcement by mid-September.
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