NYC mandates proof of vaccination for many indoor settings
By Nolan Hicks and Sam RaskinAugust 3, 2021 |
New York City is mandating proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses — including all indoor restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
“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.”
The program, which de Blasio dubbed the “Key to NYC Pass,” makes New York the first major US city to create such a mandate, and marks a significant escalation of the city’s efforts to curb the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant. The initiative will launch on Aug. 16, the mayor said.
“It will require vaccination for workers and customers in indoor dining, in indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment facilities,” he said from City Hall. “The only way to patronize these businesses indoors is if you’re vaccinated.”
“If you want to participate in society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated,” de Blasio added.
Enforcement will begin on Sept. 13, following a public service announcement campaign, de Blasio said. Entry will be denied to anyone without a shot.
“If we’re going to stop the Delta variant, the time is now,” said the mayor. “This is going to make clear, you want to enjoy everything great in this summer of New York City? Go get vaccinated.”
Going to stop a variant caused by vaccination that thrives in the presence of vaccination as those vaccinated have low symptoms while they shed massive amounts of the virus. Yeah, right, sure /sarc;
My answer is really simple: Just avoid New York City (and State most likely). They have nothing to offer me anyway. Me? “If we’re going top stop this Medical Tyranny, the time is now!” Just Say NO, in fact Hell No! “My body, my choice.”.
If I do not own and control the inside of my body what can I own or control?
The program is modeled after the vaccine passport programs rolled out in France and other European countries, officials said.
De Blasio said City Hall is finalizing the regulations, including if children younger than 12 years old with vaccinated parents will be allowed to dine indoors. Additionally, the mayor said the city is examining expanding the vaccine proof requirement to other indoor activities, such as shopping.
The specifics of the new policy will be finalized by the week of Aug. 16, de Blasio said.
Like the vaccine passport was greeted with open arms in France…
Tim Pool has a really good rant on it:
Me? “I’m going to Disneyworld” ;-) Or at least Florida, where folks are still free. Had a great time there a few weeks back. Three different bars, a few restaurants, nobody with a mask. Zero problems. I was using a prophylactic treatment that cost me about 2 ¢ / week though… and with near zero risk.
FWIW, mask mandates return to the San Francisco Bay Area, despite the fact that they didn’t work the last few dozen times it was reqired:
Seven counties in the Bay Area adopted the new orders, including Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara and San Mateo, along with the city of Berkeley. The mandate takes effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.
The region joins areas including Los Angeles and Washington in instituting more stringent mask rules following a rapid jump in cases, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance to urge all people to wear facial coverings indoors. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the city will strongly recommend masks in indoor settings, but stopped short of a mandate.