He added that NYC is a “miraculous place full of wonders and if you’re vaccinated all that is going to open up to you. you’ll have the key, you can open the door. But if you’re not vaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things. That’s the point we’re trying to get across; it’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a full and healthy life.”
Under the new mandate, customers and staff will be required to be vaccinated at indoor dining establishments, indoor gyms and fitness studios, and indoor entertainment venues and performances. De Blasio stressed that people don’t need to be fully vaccinated, but rather need to provide proof of “at least one dose.” While it might be a first for the city, it comes after many businesses and organisations have implemented their own vaccine mandates, including SoulCycle Equinox and the Broadway League.
Moreover, with NYC now following the move France made when authorities announced last month that residents would need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to eat at a restaurant in the country, many are speculating whether this will be the “new normal” going forward in a post-Covid-19 world. As Australia grapples with it’s own Covid-19 outbreak with NSW struggling to contain the recent outbreak, already the government has announced that 70 per cent vaccination around the country and states will be required before those who are vaccinated can live some semblance of normality. They are yet to define just what this will look like or how lockdowns will be avoided for those who are vaccinated.
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