New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies and for indoor activities, beginning next week.
The measure significantly expands the existing Key to NYC program, adding vaccination requirements for private sector workers and customers at indoor venues such a restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters.
- Beginning December 14, children ages 5-11 must show proof of at least one dose of a vaccine to participate in public indoor activities.
- Beginning December 27, people 12 and older must show proof of two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to work in or participate in public indoor activities.
"Indoor activities" include eateries, food shops, and bars; fitness centers, class studios, and sports arenas; entertainment venues, hotels, and other meeting spaces. A full list can be found here.
To remind, existing NYC laws require businesses (unless exempt) to check the vaccination status of all staff and customers 12 and older. Businesses may not permit entry if they have not received at least one dose, unless, a) an exception applies, or b) the person spends less than 10 minutes on the premises.
The city is expected to issue additional enforcement and reasonable accommodation guidance on December 15. We will share an update once information is available.