by Karen Mathews | The Associated Press
NEW YORK — New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, watch a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, allowing It became the first major city. the U.S. to impose such restrictions.
The new requirement, which will be phased out over several weeks in August and September, is the most aggressive move the city has yet taken to stem the surge in cases caused by the delta variant. People must show proof that they have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
“The only way to protect these establishments indoors would be if you’re vaccinated,” de Blasio said. “The goal here is to make everyone believe that it is time. If we are going to discontinue the Delta variant, now is the time. And that means getting vaccinated now.
Democrats said some details of how the program would work still needed to be worked out. The policy will go into effect August 16, but inspection and enforcement won’t begin until September 13, the week the city’s public schools reopen for the fall.
Vaccination card with state and city apps will be accepted as proof of vaccination.
De Blasio has focused on vaccinating as many New Yorkers as possible while resisting calls to mandate masks indoors, as have many California cities and counties.
De Blasio said on Monday he was making “a strong recommendation” that everyone wear a mask in public indoor settings, but stressed that the city’s “tremendous strategic thrust” is getting more people vaccinated.
The mayor announced last week that city employees would be required to face vaccinations or weekly tests by mid-September, and has offered a $100 incentive for city residents who get vaccinated.
According to official statistics, about 66% of adults in New York City are fully vaccinated.
On Monday, the US reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot in 70% of American adults – a month late and amid a surge by the Delta version that is taking a toll on hospitals. and is prompting renewed pandemic regulations across the country. .