This past Tuesday, New York City officially revealed a new “Key to NYC Pass” program that seeks to establish a health pass that provides evidence of immunization against COVID-19 in order to be allowed to enter some indoor settings.
As reported by The New York Times, “New York City will become the first U.S. city to require proof of vaccination for a variety of activities for workers and customers – indoor dining, gyms and performances – to put pressure on people to get vaccinated, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday morning.”
As stated by the Times, “The program, similar to mandates issued in France and Italy last month, will start later this month, and after a transition period, enforcement will begin in mid-September, when schools are expected to reopen and more workers could return to offices in Manhattan.”
“If you want to participate in our society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated,” stated Mayor de Blasio Tuesday morning. “It’s time.”
— City of New York (@nycgov) August 3, 2021
“It is time for people to see vaccinations as literally necessary to living a good, full and healthy life,” stated de Blasio. “If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things.”
Reuters stated that “New York City’s policy requires proof of at least one dose and will be enforced starting Sept. 13.” The people of New York are required to use either the city’s COVID-19 safe app, the state’s Excelsior app, or provide a paper vaccination record card in order to enter all indoor venues taking part in this change.
DeBlasio went on to explain more about the reasoning behind the new policy at a press conference held on Tuesday:
Today I announce a new approach which we’re calling the “Key to NYC Pass.” 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 of the amazing things that are available in this city. This is a miraculous place, literally full of wonders, and if you’re vaccinated, all of that is going to open up to you. You’ll have the key. You can open the door…
The goal here is to convince everyone that this is the time. If we are going to stop the Delta variant, the time is now, and that means getting vaccinated right now.
De Blasio stated that the program was being rolled out in phases in order to ensure that residents and business owners completely understand the new strategy, and allow the business community to acclimate and give their official feedback for needed adjustments to the new policy.