New York City began requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination in restaurants and gyms, Pursuance To the New York City government, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that people must also show proof of photo identity.
“We don’t want to go back to sanctions,” de Blasio said during a news conference on Tuesday. “The key to our progress is vaccination.”
It came as museums and art galleries were told on Monday to ask patrons to show proof of vaccinations, according to the mayor’s office.
“And it’s simple, all you have to do is show proof of vaccination—it could be a CDC paper card, pass to Excelsior, a NYC COVID Safe app, whatever works,” de Blasio Said on Monday. “All you have to do is show proof and have ID too, and it’s straightforward.”
The mayor announced in August the so-called “Keys to NYC” vaccine mandate, which required restaurants, entertainment and gyms to check the vaccination status of customers and employees 12 years of age and older. Mayer did not explain how 12-year-olds and other minors could get a valid photo ID.
As The Associated Press reports, signs at stop ins rose on Monday evening, with a server asking customers to give proper notice that on Tuesday it would begin complying with the mandate.
Norbu Lama, 17, said that when he entered the booth with his parents and younger sister, he was surprised when a server asked for his vaccination card.
“We didn’t know we had to bring it up,” he told the AP. Servers were relieved when Lama and his family presented copies of their vaccination cards on their phones.
Some business owners criticized the mandate.
“NYC Mayor de Blasio clarified that ID must be shown along with proof of vaccination. That’s why people need proper ID to vaccinate, and matching ID must be shown every time they enter all restaurants and many other indoor locations in NYC. If voter ID laws are racist, this is it.” Said Art gallery owner Eli Klein on Twitter.
protesters also gathered At the New York City mayor’s mansion against the vaccine mandate.
according to the latest data Provided by the New York City Department of Health, only 34 percent of black New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 44 have received only one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while only 28 percent have been fully vaccinated. Vaccination rates are even lower among Black New Yorkers between the ages of 13 and 17.
The Vaccine Passport System has been flagged by civil liberties groups and conservatives as potentially creating a separate, two-tier society of vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The concept has also been criticized as an invasion of the privacy of individuals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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