(Aug. 30, 2021)

What is the new “Key to NYC” mandate?

New York City has received recognition as the top destination for global business travel since 2015.  Also recognized as an initial epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, New York City has effectively become one of the major cities with the highest residential vaccination rate of 75%. 

To ensure the City continues to provide a safe destination for business travel and tourists alike, the Key to NYC vaccination mandate has been launched requiring all people over the age of 12 to show proof of at least one approved vaccine to enter most indoor establishments. 

What type of businesses will require proof of vaccine? 

Proof of vaccination is required to enter a number of indoor locations, including;

  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs
  • Gyms and pools
  • Cultural institutions such as museums
  • Any indoor entertainment venue including theatres

The mandate initially took effect on Tuesday, August 17th, however, businesses have a month to begin complying. The city will begin running inspections of businesses to ensure enforcement on September 13. The requirement applies to customers, employees, New York City residents, commuters and visitors. 

What is needed to meet the new requirements?

Travelers should be certain to bring proof of at least one dose of an approved vaccine, and a photo I.D., which must be shown along with proof of vaccination for entry. Approved vaccines include;

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Other vaccines approved by the WHO

What forms of proof of vaccination are acceptable?

Accepted forms of proof include a CDC vaccination card (or photo of the card),digital download of the CDC Card via the NYC Covid Safe App (available via the App Store or Google Play), or the Excelsior Pass App which is only available if the vaccination was administered in New York. 

Are there any exemptions?

Residential and office buildings, churches, community centers, and schools for pre-K through grade 12, and community centers are exempt from the requirement.

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