New York City is mandating proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses, including restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
The new approach to stop the Delta variant, dubbed the Key to NYC Pass, will require vaccination for workers and customers in indoor dining, in indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment facilities.
“The only way to patronize these establishments indoors will be if you’re vaccinated, at least one dose,” said de Blasio. “The same for folks in terms of work, they’ll need at least one dose. This is crucial because we know that this will encourage a lot more vaccination. The goal here is to convince everyone that this is the time. If we’re going to stop the Delta variant, the time is now. And that means getting vaccinated right now.”
More details on the NYC plan will be released the week of August 16; full enforcement and inspection begins the week of September 13th.
Some businesses in NYC have already started requiring proof of vaccination. Baristaville residents who want to dine in NYC will want to remember to carry your official vaccination card.
Do you think New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who already strongly encouraged a return to masking indoors and is mandating that health care workers be vaccinated, should adopt the same approach?
And what would you like to see happening locally in our area? Are you masking indoors now?