New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his new ‘Key to NYC’ program Tuesday which mandates proof of vaccination for most indoor activities across the Five Boroughs.
The new rules apply to theaters, entertainment venues, bars, restaurants, gyms, and other indoor events where large groups mingle.
“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,” de Blasio said.
“The only reason we’re having this recovery is vaccination. So it’s time. And this is going to send that message clearly.”
BREAKING: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is mandating vaccines for workers and customers.
The mandate applies to:
– Indoor dining
– Indoor fitness
– Indoor entertainment & performances
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Despite the new rules, unvaccinated New Yorkers are still eligible for a one-time, $100 payout from the city after receiving the first injection, a reward Mayor Bill de Blasio says will be “very appealing” to the locals.
“We are assessing the new information from the CDC right now. We got it less than 24 hours ago, and it is complicated information so our health team is reviewing it,” de Blasio said. “We’ll have more to say on it in the next few days.”
He added: “The CDC is providing guidance. It’s up to each locality now to make sense of it.”
“When you get your first dose you will get a $100 incentive,” the mayor confirmed. “Can’t get better than that … Incentives help immensely.”
The $100 payment is in the form of a pre-paid debit card given to recipients after they receive the jab.
Positivity rates in some boroughs are approaching anywhere between 3% and 8%.