New York City will require proof of vaccination at many indoor places of business, including restaurants and gyms, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today.
The program is called "The Key to NYC" pass, the mayor said. It will require proof of vaccination at indoor dining, fitness, entertainment and performance venues.
The mayor called it a "first in the nation approach."
“This is going to be a requirement,” he said. “Climbing this ladder is giving us more and more ability to fight back,” he said.
The program is set to launch on Aug. 16 and enforcement will begin on Sept. 13, the mayor said.
“If you are unvaccinated unfortunately you won’t be able to participate in anything,” de Blasio said.
Some context: The move is similar to action taken in Europe, with France's parliament recently passing a law that requires a "health pass" showing proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test in order to enter restaurants, bars and for travel on long-distance trains and planes, starting in August.
Acknowledging that the move will get pushback, de Blasio said “for so many people this is going to be the life-saving act.”