August 03, 2021 – 21:35
New York City will require proof of coronavirus vaccination to gain access to domestic activities, becoming the first major city in the United States to introduce a vaccine passport.
The new request, made public by Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 3, will affect people’s access to the interiors of restaurants, cafes, or even the entrance to gyms.
“The only way to gain access to these activities inside is if you are vaccinated,” de Blasio said.
“If you are vaccinated … you have the key to open the door. “But if you are not vaccinated, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in many things,” he said.
This policy will be implemented in several phases in August and September.
About 66 percent of adults in New York City are fully vaccinated.
The announcement comes as health officials in the United States are urging people to get vaccinated and put the mask back on indoors, due to the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Florida is the epicenter of the virus in the United States, with 11,515 people hospitalized Aug. 3.
The number of patients has increased 11 times compared to the mid-June period. / REL