The big city of dreams will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.
New York City will become the first US city to require proof of the vaccination for dining, fitness, and entertainment, applying to workers and customers in those indoor spaces.
"The key to New York City. When you hear those words I want you to imagine the notion that because someone is vaccinated, they can do all the amazing things that are available in New York City," de Blasio said at a press conference. "This is a miraculous place, literally full of wonders, and if you're vaccinated, all that's gonna open up to you. You'll have the key, you can open the door.
"But if you're unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things," the mayor said.
"It's time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good and full and healthy life," he added.
Health officials in New York are putting their foot down as the Delta variant of Covid-19 has fueled a surge of infections, resulting in strict precautions to prevent another deadly outbreak.
New York does not want to return to the previous state of turmoil, being an epicenter of the disease, with hospital beds overrun, and doctors and nurses short on life-saving equipment.
The city currently has a sixty-six percent vaccination rate for adults, but de Blasio hopes that the new mandate will encourage more New Yorkers to get vaccinated and fully "participate" in the wonderful city of New York.
If you're considering remaining unvaccinated, you might want to rethink your choices if you want to visit indoor venues in the city, as you'll have to show proof of your vaccination, with the final details being announced during the week of August 16.
Mark Levine, who chairs the City Council's Health Committee, said it is a "critical measure" to slow the spread of the deadly Delta variant, encouraging people to get the vaccine.
"Not everyone is going to agree with this, I understand that. But for so many people, this is going to be a lifesaving act, that we are putting a mandate in place that is going to guarantee a much higher level of vaccination in this city," de Blasio said on Tuesday. "And that is the key to protecting people, and the key to our recovery."
While some people loved the decision:
I applaud this decision and wish more cities in this country would take such an important step. It's simple, if you want to get back to normal then be vaccinated. If you refuse vaccines then isolate and stop spreading infection. Save lives.
— Jason Goldman (@jasongoldmanmd) August 3, 2021
Others weren't so pleased:
Mandating that I inject your science project into my bloodstream so I can buy a $13 beer in NYC isn't going to make me get vaccinated, it's going to make restaurants bankrupt. Smart.
— Ryan B. (@RCB105) August 3, 2021
What do you think of the city's new policy?