New York City clarified its new COVID vaccine mandate program hours after implementing the passport, saying the new rules will not apply to athletes and “staffers who accompany singers.”
“So average New Yorkers are not exempted from @NYCMayor vaccine mandate, but fancy singers, their entourages, and production staff can perform in crowded live venues. Makes total sense you guys, Covid rules,” NYC councilmember Joe Borelli posted on Twitter.
So average New Yorkers are not exempted from @NYCMayor vaccine mandate, but fancy singers, their entourages, and production staff can perform in crowded live venues. Makes total sense you guys, Covid rules. pic.twitter.com/jOSFbGNXVo
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) August 17, 2021
The Big Apple’s Key to NYC vaccine passport program began Tuesday.
“Get your proof of vaccination ready to go because that’s your Key to NYC! Beginning tomorrow, August 17, you’ll need proof of vaccination to unlock everything NYC has to offer,” posted the City of New York’s official Twitter account Monday afternoon.
“New Yorkers continue to come out in strong numbers to get the vaccine. We have a real challenge here, but we know what we can do to fight back,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Key to NYC is an approach that makes clear the power of vaccination. It is the ultimate encouragement.”
“There are so many amazing things in this city that you can participate in if you’re vaccinated,” he added.
A major question surrounding the rules are those who are unable to receive the vaccine for medical reasons, including New Yorkers who are immunocompromised or receiving other treatments for illnesses like cancer.