A person walks in front of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theater in Times Square on June 8, 2021 in New York City.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered vaccinations for a number of indoor spaces at a press conference Tuesday morning and required evidence of Covid vaccinations from employees and customers of indoor restaurants, gyms and entertainment centers.
The order comes into effect on August 16 and will be fully enforced from September 13. De Blasio said the mandate known as the key to the NYC Pass would encourage increased vaccination to combat the spread of the Delta variant.
“When you hear these words, I want you to imagine that someone who is vaccinated can do all the amazing things that are available in this city,” said de Blasio of the Key to NYC Pass.
De Blasio added that the city will start screening companies for compliance in mid-September. All affected customers and employees can either present their vaccination cards or upload their vaccination certificate to the Excelsior Pass application.
The mayor’s order comes just a day after de Blasio mandated vaccinations for all new employees in the city, requiring them to provide proof of vaccination by their first day of work without being regularly tested instead. De Blasio issued similar mandates for city and health workers in July, asking them to either review their vaccination status by August 2 or submit weekly negative coronavirus tests.
New York City also began offering $ 100 on July 30 to anyone who gets their vaccinations from a city vaccination site. According to de Blasio, 11,000 people have earned the $ 100 grant so far, with a total of 5 million city dwellers vaccinated with at least one dose.
“The only reason for this recovery is the vaccination,” said de Blasio. “So the time has come. And this will send that message clearly.”
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Correction: A previous headline misrepresented the scope of the vaccine mandate for indoor activities. It covers certain indoor activities.