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08/05/2021

NYC to Require Restaurant Employees, Diners to be Vaccinated

NYC to roll out mobile app.
Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that New York City will be the first U.S. city to require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants.

NYC is mandating COVID-19 vaccination for workers and patrons of indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment venues and performances.

In a press conference, Mayor de Blasio said the mandate – called the “Key to NYC Pass” – will launch on August 16, around which time more details will be issued, according to numerous reports; NYC will then begin enforcement on September 13. 

Yes, There’s An App for That

Patrons will be able to use a new app released by the city, called NYC Covid Safe; the state’s Excelsior Pass; or by simply showing a copy of their official vaccination record, reports the NY Times.

The Big Apple's move comes as many restaurants and other businesses coast to coast are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations or regular testing as a requirement for employees and/or patrons.