Mayor de Blasio put some muscle behind Monday’s call for everyone to get vaccinated, announcing on Tuesday morning that he will be mandating that people show proof of vaccination to gain access to indoor activities, such as dining, fitness, and performances. This makes good his vow yesterday that New York will be a very different city for the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
According to Eater, “The program, which appears to be the first of its kind in the United States, will start on August 16 with full enforcement beginning on September 13.”
“If you are vaccinated, all of that is going to open up to you,” de Blasio said at a press conference. “Unfortunately, if you are not vaccinated, you will not be able to participate in many things.”
Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, called the impending mandate “a very difficult step,” but one that “ultimately may prove an essential move to protecting public health and ensuring that New York City does not revert to restrictions and shut down orders that would again absolutely devastate small businesses that have not yet recovered from the pandemic.”