Aug. 3, 2021 By Christian Murray
New York City will require people who enter restaurants, gyms and entertainment facilities to provide proof of vaccination—part of the mayor’s push to get the population vaccinated against COVID-19.
The policy will be phased in starting the week of Aug. 16 and it will apply to both patrons and workers of those establishments, said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press briefing this morning. The city will begin inspections and enforcement the week of Sept. 13.
“If you want to enjoy everything great about this city, you have to get vaccinated,” de Blasio said. “If you are vaccinated it will open up to you.”
The policy is being phased in to allow businesses to get up to speed with the new mandate. Enforcement will begin at a time when schools reopen and more workers return to their offices.
The mayor said that the city will be creating a so-called health pass called the “Key to NYC Pass” that will provide proof of vaccination. However New Yorkers will be able to show their state “Excelsior Pass” or their Centers for Disease Control’s paper vaccine card.
The administration does not believe that the initiative will be difficult for businesses to follow, since most have grown accustom to the changes since COVID-19 struck. Most businesses have been conducting temperature checks, and restaurants/bar staff have always checked people’s ID to ensure customers are of drinking age.
The move is part of the mayor’s campaign to increase the number of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated.
“Five million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine—now we are going to go further,” de Blasio said. He said the city has to use “every tool we got to fight the delta variant.”
De Blasio has focused most of his efforts on vaccinations. He has been reluctant to reinstate an indoor mask mandate as recommended by the CDC last week. Instead, on Monday he strongly encouraged New Yorkers to wear them.
Cities such as San Francisco and Washington require its residents to wear masks indoors.
I see we have a CNN viewer here! How’s it going for Fredo these days? Is he still interviewing his miscreant older brother?
I am vaccinated and do not eat out so i dont care. Just wish this does not drive up public intoxication among the mostly unvaccinated minority youth.
Politics…coincidence that this also happened the same day Cuomo’s investigation was made public?
Can we not live our lives free from politicians?
yuck- I was thinking the same thing. All the news stations focused on Cuomo and not dumbos mandate.
This is being done to keep and bring back people with money to nyc. Mostly well to do white folks who moved and are vaccinated who might be second guessing moving back due to the felta virus. You can still get covid and spread it despite being vaccinated.
Very disgusting. 4 months left to his departure and he is set to ruin even more businesses. I know many are praising this but this not be applauded. Segregation in any capacity is criminal. I guess houses of worship are next.
I’m vaccinated and I think this is pure segregation , everyone should have a right to do what they want with their own bodies ! The virus will never go away , you will get it anyways with or without the “vaccine “ actually it should be called a shot because if it was vaccine it will prevent the virus , this shot just mask the symptoms
We need to learn how to boost our immune systems , eat right and workout , the government should not govern how we should live and do with our bodies
Wow- Gouses of worship? Nobody really believes in god. Grow and man up!!
If you want to take a dump at a public restroom, you need proof of vaccination too.
Please find me a public restroom where your vaccine status will be checked. Thanks.
I utterly refuse to share my medical information with some restaurant employee.
Why not just make people sew a yellow V on their lapels?
Privacy – Its no longer a privacy issue when it affects everyone else around you. I’m tired of selfish and narcissistic people like you holding up and politicizing the recovery. It’s no longer a privacy concern when your negligence is overwhelming our hospitals, driving up our insurance premiums and jeopardizing other people’s health and lives.,
Selfish? Hmm. What is actually selfish is expecting people to inject an experimental, unknown substance into their bodies against their will so that YOU can feel more comfortable. And let’s get one thing straight. Not all unvaccinated people have COVID and not all vaccinated people don’t. You do realize that vaccinated people can still get and spread COVID, right? Get off your high horse and stop acting like you’re saving the world by getting the jab. There is nothing altruistic about taking the vaccine when it does nothing to help anyone but yourself. It doesn’t stop you from spreading COVID to others and it only (potentially) reduces the severity of YOUR symptoms. Not to mention, if you really believe that the vaccine works then why would anyone else’s vaccination status matter? Wake up.
Wow… Don’t you know that Jews were allowed in restaurants and travel at first? Talk about Trump leading the country to tyranny…
If you want privacy then don’t go to a private restaurant or a gym then. The virus doesn’t care about your BS beliefs no matter what Carlson and Hannity say about it, and you’ll end up spreading the virus like they spread their stupidity. Comparing vaccines to a genocide with identifying symbols, you people really have your heads so far up your asses.
@Restaurants are not a human right – you’re the reason why aliens don’t talk to us.
UFO- lol! best comment ever. you had me in stitches with laughter
If you believe that a restaurant is “private” shouldn’t the mask and vaccination policy be left to the owner of said private entity and not to Mayor Dbag.