Brace for impact as New York City is about to start forcing people to get vaccinated and obtain a vaccine passport, otherwise, you’re not be welcomed to your favorite stores.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will soon start requiring people to show proof of coronavirus vaccinations for indoor activities such as dining and working out at gyms, making it the first major U.S. city to implement such a policy.
The program, similar to mandates issued in France and Italy last month, will start on Aug. 16, and after a transition period, enforcement will begin on Sept. 13, when schools are expected to reopen and more workers could return to offices in Manhattan. Mr. de Blasio has been moving aggressively to get more New Yorkers vaccinated to curtail the third wave of coronavirus cases amid concern about the spread of the Delta variant. He is also requiring city workers to get vaccinated or to face weekly testing, and he has offered a $100 incentive for the public.
“If you want to participate in our society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated,” he said at a news conference. “It’s time.”
“It’s time for people to see vaccination as necessary to living a good and full and healthy life,” de Blasio said during his daily press briefing.
“This is crucial because we know that this will encourage a lot more vaccination.”
In order to go out to eat, people in the city will be required to show either the state’s “Excelsior Pass,” the city’s new vaccine pass, or Center for Disease Control’s paper vaccine card, officials told The Post.
The unvaccinated will be allowed to eat outdoors only.
“We’ve got to shake people at this point and say, ‘Come on now.’ We tried voluntarily. We could not have been more kind and compassionate. Free testing, everywhere you turn, incentives, friendly, warm embrace. The voluntary phase is over,” de Blasio said. “It’s time for mandates because it’s the only way to protect our people.”
The new program, dubbed “Key to NYC Pass,” is not a particular document, but rather the strategy of requiring proof of vaccination for workers and customers at indoor dining, gyms, entertainment, and performances, including Broadway, the mayor said.
Indoor movies and concerts will also require people to show proof of vaccination to enter. People will be able to continue to dine outdoors without showing proof of vaccination.