New York Becomes First Major US City to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination for Most Indoor Activities

Headline Roundup August 3rd, 2021

New York City will require proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for both workers and customers to enter restaurants, fitness centers and indoor entertainment venues, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. “If you want to participate in our society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated. So it’s time, and this is going to send that message clearly,” de Blasio said. De Blasio added that this would be a “first-in-the-nation” approach, coming as several businesses and government agencies are requiring workers to get vaccinated. The title of the plan, the “Key to NYC Pass,” does not refer to a specific document or “vaccine passport,” but rather to the overall program, which de Blasio said would use “the vaccination card or the NYC app or the Excelsior Pass” for proof of vaccination. The mandate goes into effect Aug. 16, and full enforcement begins Sept. 13.

Coverage was more prominently displayed in left- and center-rated outlets, with coverage across the spectrum taking a backseat to coverage of the investigation into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reported sexual harassment. Coverage in right-rated outlets was more likely to discuss “vaccine passports,” with at least one article incorrectly saying that the “Key to NYC Pass” was itself a vaccine passport.

From the Left
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Anyone who wants to dine, drink, exercise or enjoy a live performance indoors in New York City will soon have to show proof of coronavirus vaccination or be denied entry, Mayor de Blasio announced Tuesday in his most aggressive push yet to jack up the city’s flagging immunization rates.

The requirement, which mirrors mandates on leisure activities enforced in some European countries, is presumed to be the first-of-its-kind in the U.S. and comes as the Big Apple is seeing a delta-variant driven surge in new COVID-19 infections.

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From the Center
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio mandated inoculations for a range of indoor venues at a news conference Tuesday morning, requiring proof of Covid vaccinations from employees and customers of indoor eateries, gyms and entertainment centers.

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

“When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that, because someone’s vaccinated, they...

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New York City residents and visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms, and shows, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

The mayor is calling the city's vaccine passport the "Key to NYC Pass."

"This is a miraculous place, literally filled with wonders," de Blasio said of the city. "If you’re vaccinated, that’s gonna open up to you, you can open the door. If you’re unvaccinated you will not be able to participate in many things. It’s time for people to see vaccination as necessary...

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