Aug 16, 2021 - Health

The full list of indoor venues where NYC will require proof of vaccination

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the covid vaccine

A health care worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a student at a "Vax to School" event at a New York high school. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New York City will require people to provide proof of vaccination before being admitted to indoor venues beginning Aug. 17, according to an executive order signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday.

Why it matters: The "Key to NYC" plan, which will be formally enforced beginning Sept. 13, will make New York the first major city to impose a vaccine mandate for the general public to be able to participate in a wide range of indoor activities.

The big picture: The executive order comes as vaccination rates across the country have stagnated and the Delta variant has driven a new surge of cases.

  • New York City is currently seeing high levels of community transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Roughly 1,085,462 residents in New York City are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
  • New York City has also required all municipal workers to get vaccinated, a requirement that had previously only applied to health workers.

How it works: Indoor venues will accept proof of vaccination via two official apps, NYC COVID Safe and New York State's Excelsior Pass. A picture of a CDC vaccination card or the hard copy itself will also be accepted.

Full list

Indoor venues:

  • Movie theaters
  • Live music
  • Concert venues
  • Museum and galleries
  • Aquariums and zoos
  • Professional sports arenas
  • Stadiums
  • Convention centers
  • Exhibition halls
  • Performing arts theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Pool and billiard halls
  • Recreational game centers
  • Casinos
  • Adult entertainment

Indoor dining:

  • Restaurants
  • Catering halls
  • Event spaces
  • Hotel banquet rooms
  • Bars
  • Cabarets
  • Nightclubs
  • Cafeterias
  • Grocery stores with indoor dining
  • Bakeries
  • Coffee shops
  • Fast food with indoor dining

Indoor fitness:

  • Gyms
  • Fitness centers
  • Fitness classes
  • Pools
  • Indoor studios
  • Dance studios
  • Sports classes
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