New York City became the first in the United States to require customers and workers to prove at least one vaccine dose for indoor activities.
That mandate includes showing proof of one’s vaccination status to enjoy any indoor dining experiences.
Restaurants are not the only industry affected by this mandate. Gyms, Broadway performances, and other indoor entertainment venues must all comply with the order.
NYC implemented this requirement after similar requirements were issued in Italy and France in July. Enforcement began on September 13 after the rules took effect on August 16.
City Workers Face Weekly Testing in NYC
Mayor de Blasio has made aggressive moves to encourage more New Yorkers to get vaccinated. With concerns over the Delta variant spreading, city workers who don’t get their Covid shots face a weekly testing protocol.
The NYC mayor has also offered a $100 incentive to the public if they’re willing to get their vaccinations.
“If you want to participate in our society fully,” he said at an August press conference, “you’ve got to get vaccinated. It’s time.”
These rules come as other states mandate vaccines for employees and contractors and reinstate indoor mask requirements. The school year is already rocky because of the Delta variant, with hundreds of students and teachers getting infected. In August, two teachers from the same Texas district died from the disease, forcing them to switch to online learning.
Before the Delta variant surge, the U.S. was averaging about 13,000 daily cases. That figured jumped to 86,000 per day, with almost all those figures coming from unvaccinated populations.
There is no timetable in place to remove the mandate for proof of vaccination, and it may be wise to monitor political dynamics as it relates to this issue.