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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

Go deeper

D.C. schools to require teachers, staff to receive COVID vaccine without testing option

Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced Monday that all teachers, school personnel and early child care workers must get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Nov. 1 with no option to opt out with weekly testing.

Why it matters: A majority of the D.C. city council urged Bowser to eliminate the weekly testing option for public school teachers and day care professionals, WashPost noted. Bowser's new mandate extended the vaccine requirement without a testing option to all D.C. public schools, charter schools, private schools and child care facilities.

Sep 20, 2021 - Health

Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as President Biden seeks commitments from countries to donate vaccines to the global COVAX initiative. He is expected to host a COVID summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and many of the countries attending have expressed frustration with the travel ban.

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Biden to get booster shot on camera

Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP via Getty Images

President Biden will receive his COVID booster shot on camera once it's fully approved for Americans ages 65 and older, the White House said Monday.

Why it matters: A federal advisory panel unanimously voted last week to recommend that the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) authorize a third dose of Pfizer's vaccine for people over the age of 65 and those at higher risk of infection.