Bill de Blasio announced on August 3 that only people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine will be able to access restaurants and theaters. Checks will be carried out from September.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced on August 3 a new strategy to encourage his citizens to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Certain activities such as going to restaurants, performance halls or sports halls will soon be reserved for people who have received at least one dose.
“The only way to go to these establishments indoors will be to get vaccinated”, announced Bill de Blasio, raising concerns about the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
“If you are vaccinated […], you have the key, you can open the door. But if you are not vaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in a lot of activities, ”he continued. A vaccination certificate would then be necessary, making New York the first city in the United States to create a vaccination passport.
BREAKING: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces first-in-the-nation policy requiring COVID vaccination for indoor activities like restaurants, fitness and entertainment. It will be phased in through August and enforcement officially begins September 13 https://t.co/Nj065CIsxppic.twitter.com/SHPeIPFLT5
– CBS News (@CBSNews) August 3, 2021
The mayor of New York, however, did not go into details on how the vaccination obligation would be implemented in practice. He simply said the rules would go into effect on August 16, but inspections would not be carried out until September 13.
Bill de Blasio had already announced on July 26 that all agents in the city should be vaccinated by September or undergo weekly tests, which concerns some 300,000 people. About 66% of adults in New York City have already been vaccinated – one of the highest rates in the country – but the state has been one of the hardest hit by Covid-19.
Many states are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases as they lift health restrictions or lockdowns, leading some communities to backpedal. Cities have thus restored the wearing of compulsory masks, such as Los Angeles since July 18.