New York City announces a vaccine mandate for indoor activities | Business and Economics News | World Weekly
Customers and staff will soon have to show evidence of a COVID strike or be barred from entering restaurants, gyms and other venues.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced what is believed to be the first government authorization in the United States requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people who participate in indoor activities in the city.
Staff and customers in indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and performance venues will require patrons to show a city or state vaccination card or “card” or they will be denied entry.
“This is very important because we know that this will encourage more vaccinations,” de Blasio said during a press conference on Tuesday. “We know that’s what will turn the tide.”
The program, called NYC Passkey, will roll out this month and will begin implementation on September 13. It was modeled on vaccine passport programs in some European countries such as France, de Blasio administration officials told the New York Times. York Post.
On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged businesses across the state to turn away unvaccinated customers, but stopped short of issuing a statewide mandate.
“If you haven’t been vaccinated, your delta type should be a big concern for you and you should be worried about it,” Cuomo said.
Last month, de Blasio said his city will require all municipal employees — including teachers and police officers — to get coronavirus vaccines by September 13 or face a weekly COVID test.
And last week, US President Joe Biden announced that all civilian federal employees will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and travel restrictions. Federal requirements followed similar requirements for state workers set by Cuomo and Gavin Newsom, the governor of California.
These government mandates and requirements come as major US companies are implementing their own vaccine mandates for workers and mask mandates for customers.
Delta variable concerns
New York City’s new program comes as concern grows about an increase in cases due to the highly contagious delta variant.
Nationwide as of Saturday, there were about 72,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, said Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 44 percent increase from the previous week and higher than the peak identified in the summer of 2020. . Monday.
It said hospital admissions increased by 41 percent and deaths increased to 300 per day, an increase of 25 percent.
Amid the rise in cases, there has been an increase in vaccinations after weeks of declining numbers.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a roughly 70 percent increase in the average number of new people being vaccinated each day, Jeff Zentes, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said Monday. Three million Americans have received their first vaccine in the past seven days, and the country reached a milestone on Monday with 70 percent of adults getting at least one.
But, he added, “there are still about 90 million eligible Americans who are not immunized, and we need them to do their part.”