Key to NYC: Indoor vaccine mandate begins Monday – WABC-TV

Key to NYC: Indoor vaccine mandate begins Monday – WABC-TV

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Entertainment venues, gyms and indoor dining will soon be off limits for unvaccinated New Yorkers.

New York City’s indoor vaccine mandate takes effect on Monday as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Key to NYC” plan.

The citywide mandate will be the first-in-the-nation vaccine requirement for employees and customers for indoor venues.

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At Hold Fast Kitchen & Spirits, they’ll ask for a proof of vaccination along with a photo ID to make sure you are who you say you are.

The owner here says it’s about safety for all — adding that they’ve survived winter with outdoor dining only, so this is just one more rule they will overcome.

“We already pushed through December. We have the heaters outside. We have the ability to adjust,” said Shane Hathaway of Hold Fast Kitchen & Spirits. “We’ll do what we have to do to create a comfortable environment for all our customers.”

While the citywide mandate starts on Monday, more than 50 businesses in New York City are already requiring proof of vaccination for entry.

Twenty additional businesses were announced Thursday, after the city revealed 30 on Wednesday, with the mayor praising these early adopters and calling them public health heroes.

“Their leadership and fast action sends a powerful message: New Yorkers will do everything in our power to keep each other safe and defeat COVID-19,” he said. “Mass vaccination is the only way to stop the spread, and these businesses are giving New Yorkers more reasons than ever to protect themselves and their communities. I’m proud to stand with them.”

The program requires that people provide proof of vaccination at indoor dining, entertainment and fitness facilities across the five boroughs starting August 16.

But not everyone is thrilled about the new mandates. That’s part of the reason protesters gathered outside of Gracie Mansion on Sunday afternoon.

Among the people taking part in the protest was Republican Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, and Andrew Giuliani, who is running for New York governor.

More than half of all New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.

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The three acceptable forms of proof are a CDC-issued vaccine card, the New York State Excelsior Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe app.

The 20 businesses announced Thursday include:
–Arlene’s Grocery
–Blink Fitness
–Brandy’s Piano Bar
–Equinox Fitness Clubs
–Ethyl’s Food and Alcohol
–Iconoclast Fitness
–Jeffrey’s Grocery
–Joseph Leonard
–Los Arrieros
–Oak and Iron
–Resilient Fitness
–Solas Bar
–Stand Up NY
–Sugar Monk
–The Graham
–The Three Diamond Door

“More and more businesses have already adopted our Key to NYC requirements – and are becoming public health heroes in the process,” de Blasio said. “I thank each and every one of them for doing their part to keep New York City safe. My message to New Yorkers is clear: if you want to enjoy everything New York City has to offer, get vaccinated today.”

The 30 businesses announced Wednesday include:
–Amor Y Amargo
–Avant Garden
–Bossa Nova Civic Club
–City Winery
–Death & Co
–Dirt Candy
–Felix Storch
–Jeju Noodle
–Llama San
–Public Hotel
–RXR Realty
–Soda Club
–The Bell House
–The Durst Organization
–The Pedal House
–The Queensboro
–Union Hall
–Yellow Rose

The city has embarked on a listening tour to gather feedback across industries and incorporate businesses’ needs into the final guidance and will also launch a multi-language ad campaign for consumers and business owners to spread awareness about the program.

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