Proof of vaccination is required to enter enclosed public spaces such as restaurants and gyms. The new rules went into effect on Tuesday, but their full enforcement will begin on September 13.
Posters on the windows and doors of a New York Borough of Queens restaurant stop clearly state that the place is in line with the city's new mandate against the coronavirus.
All people who eat inside a restaurant, look at works of art in a museum, or sweat in a gym will need to show that they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Stop Inn put up the signs Monday night, a waiter said. So customers know that on Tuesday, it begins to comply with the most recent campaign of the city to stop the spread of the virus, especially the aggressive and contagious Delta variant, which has caused a wave of infections and hospitalizations throughout the country.
Norbo Lama, 17, said he was surprised when a waiter asked for his vaccination card as he sat at a table with his parents and younger sister. "We didn't know we should bring it," he said. Instead, the waiter agreed to have Lama and his present family copies of their vaccination cards on their phones.
The order, announced two weeks ago by Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeks to convince more people to get vaccinated; otherwise, they will not be able to participate in the attractions that the city offers: restaurants, bars, gyms, concerts, and museums, among others.
Since then, more than 300,000 people have applied at least one dose of the vaccine, according to municipal data. To date, 5.2 million of the 8.8 million inhabitants have at least one amount, and almost 5 million both.
"We don't want to go back to sanctions," de Blasio told a virtual press conference on Tuesday. The key to our development is vaccination.
The new rules went into effect Tuesday, but their full enforcement will begin September 13, when the school year begins, and more workers are expected to return to the Manhattan offices.
The initiative, called "Key to NYC Pass" and highlighted by De Blasio as the first in the country, is similar to the programs established in France and Italy that sparked strong protests against the government.
Previously, De Blasio had incentivized vaccination with a payment of $ 100 and signed a measure that requires the immunization of local government employees by mid-September or having to take weekly tests for COVID-19. But under the new pass scheme, it will not be enough to present a negative COVID test for access to enclosed spaces.
Infection rates have increased across the country. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released guidelines recommending that even vaccinated people wear a mask indoors in areas of the US where the Delta variant is causing increased infection.