New York City will require vaccines to enter restaurants and gyms
“If you are not vaccinated, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in a lot of things,” said de Blasio. “If you want to participate fully in our society, you need to get vaccinated.”
The policy will go into effect over the next few weeks.
And New York is not alone in its vaccine campaign. European countries have put in place various incentives, including cash payments and free visits to football stadiums, with the aim of getting people vaccinated.
The city will begin implementing the program on September 13, the mayor said.
The news of the new requirements has sparked some concern from the National Restaurant Association.
The policy will require “significant changes in the way restaurants operate in the city,” said Larry Lynch, senior vice president of science and industry for the trade group. He also warned that putting the blame on the restaurant could put employees at risk, citing the “terrifying backlash” many faced when the mask warrants were rolled out last year.
Lynch said he hoped the city would work with the National Restaurant Association to ensure “clear guidance and support for our workforce.”
“The questions people are now asking about the company will be clarified,” Andy Slavitt, former White House senior adviser on the Covid-19 response, said at de Blasio’s press conference. “New York City will be the first city in the country to completely eliminate these issues as this is implemented. ”