New York City to require vaccines for entry to bars, restaurants and gyms

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that New York City will require proof of vaccination to enter all bars, nightclubs, restaurants, gyms and indoor entertainment venues.

“If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” de Blasio said. “If you want to participate in our society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated.”

The order goes into effect Aug. 16, with full enforcement beginning Sept. 13. De Blasio said that the mandate, known as the Key to NYC Pass, would encourage increased immunizations to combat the spread of the delta variant.

The move comes as the delta variant continues its surge in New York City, now accounting 72% of all positive samples — roughly triple where it was three weeks ago.

New York City is also requiring all municipal workers to be vaccinated by the start of school on Sept. 13 or face weekly testing

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