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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that New York City will require proof of vaccination for a variety of indoor activities from dining to health clubs and concerts.
The city is believed to be the first in the United States to offer such restrictions As the highly contagious delta viral type is causing a high incidence of Covid-19 virus.
“This will encourage more vaccination – we’ve already seen that,” de Blasio said Tuesday, unveiling what he called the New York City Key Card.
The mayor said the idea is to convince New Yorkers that vaccination is essential to living a better life and enjoying the city’s rich offerings.
“If you want to participate fully in our community, you should get vaccinated,” de Blasio said. By contrast, those who have not been vaccinated will increasingly be excluded from a range of activities.
The mayor said more details of the plan will be forthcoming over the next few weeks. It will be implemented from September 13th.
Some well-known city companies announced similar requirements earlier this week, notably restaurateur Danny Meyer and fitness chain Equinox.
New York City business leaders have been widely targeting September as a new milestone in the city’s recovery from the pandemic. Companies are urging employees to return to their offices, public schools will open, and Broadway shows – a huge tourist attraction – are set to resume.
But this forecast was shaken by the rise in new Covid infections as a result of the delta variable. In June, cases averaged about 200 per day. The number has now risen to more than 1,200, according to city data. Hospitalizations and Covid deaths remain low. About 45 percent of the city’s population is not yet fully vaccinated.
The new mandate follows a series of moves by the city to increase vaccination — from offering citizens $100 discount cards as a vaccination lure to requiring city workers to get vaccinated or take weekly Covid tests.
It reflects a broader push by federal and local officials across the country to try to boost late vaccination rates through a set of rules and incentives.
Daily vaccinations in the United States have been hovering at about 550,000 a day over the past week, up from lows reached in July but below the peak rate of more than 3.4 million in mid-April, according to CDC data.
On Monday, the United States announced that 70 percent of Americans have now received at least one strike.