New York City Will Require Proof Of Vaccination For Indoor Concerts

The program goes into effect later this month with full enforcement starting on September 13.

By Scott Bernstein Aug 3, 2021 8:49 am PDT

New York City will soon require people to show proof of vaccination to attend concerts held indoors. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement on Tuesday morning. The mandate for indoor concerts also applies to customers of certain other indoor activities including indoor dining, gyms and entertainment centers as per a report from the New York Times.

While the program will begin on August 16, full enforcement starts on September 13. New York City is the first U.S. city to institute a vaccine requirement to attend indoor concerts. The Mayor hopes the program will entice holdouts to get vaccinated.

“It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good and full and healthy life,” De Blasio said at a press conference. “Not everyone is going to agree with this, I understand that,” he added. “But for so many people, this is going to be a lifesaving act, that we are putting a mandate in place that is going to guarantee a much higher level of vaccination in this city. And that is the key to protecting people, and the key to our recovery.”

The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases increase around the country. People entering indoor concert venues can display their vaccine status via either a paper card, New York State’s Excelsior Pass or a new Key To NYC Pass app the city is developing named after the program announced today. There is no option for those who are unvaccinated to provide a negative test result in lieu of the vaccine requirement.

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