New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that starting Tuesday, August 17, people will need to show proof of vaccination along with a photo ID to move freely in the city, The Post Millennial reported.
During a press conference on Monday, August 16, the mayor said he would sign an executive order and launch an awareness operation to make New Yorkers understand how the measures he called “Key to NYC” will work.
The operation to ‘educate’ people will occur before the inspections and measures go into effect in the city’s venues starting next September 13.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, to show proof of vaccination, New Yorkers will have to show the New York State Excelsior app, New York City’s COVID Safe app, a photo, or a printout of their CDC vaccination card or other official immunization record. “Whatever works, all you have to do is show that proof and have ID as well,” de Blasio said.
Those who are not New York residents will need a photo or printout of an official vaccination record of a dose administered outside the U.S. for any of the AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD, and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac vaccines.
The operation to ‘educate’ people about mandatory vaccination includes a $10 million campaign on radio, TV, and social media plus a group of 600 canvassers who will go door-to-door to all businesses that have to implement the new regulations:
Restaurants, catering halls, event spaces, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, cafeterias, cafeterias, gyms, swimming pools, dance studios, movie theaters, music and concert halls, museums and galleries, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, arcades, pool halls, adult gaming centers, and indoor play areas.
The measures reach everyone over the age of 12.
De Blasio said the penalties for noncompliance, which will begin to be enforced on Sept. 13, will start at $1,000 and increase to $5,000 for ‘repeat offenders.’
“Our goal is not to penalize restaurants and indoor entertainment and fitness businesses. We want to get everyone clear about what they need to do and just make sure people do it,” the mayor assured.
Currently, businesses and venues are not asking for any proof of vaccination in New York City.
Absent from the announcements was how these measures would be enforced after September 13. While de Blasio has the support of business owners, theaters, and movie theaters who advocate mandatory vaccination, there have also been massive demonstrations against it across the country.
Mandatory vaccination divides society
According to an AP report, some question the measures adopted by de Blasio, the first in the country to impose them, as an example of government overreach where the state meddles in people’s personal lives.
Moreover, in many neighborhoods in New York, especially in predominantly African American neighborhoods, more than half of their residents have not been vaccinated or have declared that they will not be vaccinated, so business owners are faced with the dilemma of whether to turn away customers, some with whom they already have a friendly relationship because they are not vaccinated.
In addition, the WHO itself has repeatedly stated, based on data collected as mass vaccination is carried out worldwide, that COVID vaccines do not prevent infection and only have an effect in preventing serious hospitalizations and deaths in the case of individuals with pre-existing conditions.