Proof of vaccination will be required in New York to access inside restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday, making his city the first in the United States to create a passport. vaccine.
This device, called “Key to NYC pass”, “will require the vaccination of employees and customers of indoor restaurants, sports halls and theaters”, explained the mayor during a press briefing, specifying that it would require “at least one dose” of vaccine.
“If you are vaccinated (…), you have the key, you can open the door. But if you are not vaccinated, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in a lot of activities, ”added Bill de Blasio. He specified that the device would be launched on August 16, but that the first checks to enforce it would take place from September 13.
Resurgence in the number of Covid cases
For the past two weeks, the mayor and the governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, have multiplied the announcements to strengthen the vaccination of officials and recommend the wearing of masks, in the face of the resurgence in the number of Covid cases due to the variant Delta. In New York, a city of more than 8 million people, 71.8% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to city hall figures.