New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that proof of vaccination would be required to enter gyms, restaurants, and entertainment venues in the city.
“If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” the Mayor said. “If you want to participate in our society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated.”
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“This is crucial because we know this will encourage a lot more vaccinations,” de Blasio said during a news briefing Tuesday. “We know this is what’s going to turn the tide.”
“The question that people have now about society will be cleared out,” Andy Slavitt, a former White House Senior Adviser for COVID-19 response, said. “New York City will be the first city in the country that takes those questions off the table completely as this gets implemented.”
New York City will start enforcing the “Key To NYC Pass” on September 13, 2021.
New York City reports that fifty-five percent of residents in New York City are fully vaccinated.
The National Restaurant Association expressed its concerns about the policy. Larry Lynch, the Senior Vice President of science and industry for the association, says that the requirement will have change the way that restaurants operate in the city.
On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged businesses throughout the state to turn away unvaccinated customers but stopped short of issuing a statewide mandate.
“If you are unvaccinated, the Delta variant should be a major concern to you, and you should be worried about it,” Cuomo said.
Last month, de Blasio said the city would require all of its municipal workers – including teachers and police officers – to get coronavirus vaccines by September 13 or face weekly COVID-19 testing.
White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said Monday that over the past few weeks there had been a nearly 70 percent increase in the average number of new people being vaccinated every day. Three million Americans had received their first shot in the last seven days, and the country reached a milestone on Monday of 70 percent of adults having at least one vaccine shot.
But, he added, “There are still about 90 million eligible Americans who are unvaccinated, and we need them to do their part.”