Proof of Vaccination Required for Indoor Activities in New York City

By: Alyssa Wilson

People in New York City must show proof of vaccination in order to participate in indoor activities, including indoor dining and fitness centers. 

According to The New York Times, Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Tuesday morning in an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations as the Delta variant causes a surge in cases around the country. The policy is similar to a mandate issued in European nations last month, but it is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.  

Enforcement of the policy will begin in mid-September as schools reopen and more people are expected to return to offices in Manhattan. City workers are required to get vaccinated or face weekly testing. A $100 incentive is also being offered to members of the public who get vaccinated.  

RELATED: Atlanta Mayor Mandates Masks in All Public Spaces as Delta Variant Spreads 

Despite large metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami reinstating indoor mask mandates, de Blasio did not and instead encouraged people to wear masks indoors. He said getting vaccinated is a way for New Yorkers to enjoy the city.  

“We think it is so important to make clear that if you are vaccinated, you get to benefit in all sorts of ways,” he said Monday. “You get to live a better life. Besides your health in general, you get to participate in many, many things. And if you’re unvaccinated, there are going to be fewer and fewer things that you’re able to do.”  

RELATED: California and New York Require Government Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine 

Vaccinations will not be required for outdoor activities or outdoor dining. To participate in indoor activities, citygoers must use the city’s digital app, the state of New York’s Excelsior app or their physical vaccination card.  

According to the city’s vaccine tracker, only 55% are fully vaccinated, while 60% have at least one dose. About 40% of the city’s population remains unvaccinated.  

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