NEW YORK, NY – New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio today announced his plan to exclude unvaccinated New Yorkers, workers and tourists from eating in restaurants, attending sports events, and entering indoor private businesses. He’s calling it a “Key to NYC Pass” when it is instead it locks out 40% of the regional New York tri-state area from participating in everyday life.
“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’s vaccinated they can do all the amazing things that are available in this city,” DeBlasio said.
If you’re unvaccinated, don’t bother, because DeBlasio wants you locked out.
“But, if you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things. That’s the point we’re trying to get across,” DeBlasio said. “It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good and full and healthy life.”
DeBlasio said the Key to NYC Pass is the first in the nation that will also require vaccination for workers and customers in indoor dining in indoor, fitness facilities, and indoor entertainment facilities.
“This is going to be a requirement,” he said. “The only way to patronize these establishments indoors will be if you’re vaccinated at least one dose.
The Mayor said starting September 13th, the city will begin inspecting businesses and possibly shutting down those who are not denying service to the unvaccinated.
“Right now this new policy will be phased in over the coming weeks so we’ve been working with the business community getting input,” DeBlasio said. “We’re going to do more over the next few weeks.”
DeBlasi added that the plan will roll out officially on August 16th, giving businesses nearly 30 days to comply with the order.