Today, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced that later this month vaccines will be required in New York City indoor spaces such as restaurants, entertainment venues, and gyms. The city is calling the mandate the “Key to NYC Pass” and is requiring at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter a public indoor space. The plan will begin on August 16; after a transition period, the city will begin enforcement on September 13.
The mayor called the mandate a “first-in-the-nation approach.”
“The key to New York City—when you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that because someone’s vaccinated they can do all the amazing things that are available in this city,” de Blasio said on Tuesday. “This is a miraculous place, literally full of wonders, and if you’re vaccinated, all that’s going to open up for you. But if you’re unvaccinated, you won’t be able to participate in many things.”
Before the city’s announcement, Equinox Group announced Monday that its Equinox and SoulCycle fitness centers would implement a vaccination requirement beginning in early September.
“We have always made the health and safety of our communities our top priority, and we will continue to do so in partnership with infectious disease experts as well as local governments,” Harvey Spevak, Equinox group executive chairman said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to take bold action and respond to changing circumstances with urgency. We encourage other leading brands to join us in this effort to best protect our communities.”
On July 30, The Broadway League also announced a vaccine mandate for all audience members, performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, effective in all 41 of its NYC Broadway theaters.
“Examples right there … where you see leaders in the private sector already saying, clearly, vaccination’s the answer,” de Blasio said of the sectors implementing vaccine requirements. “We need these strong, clear mandates.” ❖