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It’s expected that Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce today that New York will require proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms, shows and more. The “Key to NYC Pass” will provide proof of vaccination required for workers and customers at restaurants, gyms and shows. The program will reportedly begin this month, and be enforced starting mid-September.

This is one of the most aggressive stances on vaccination a U.S. city has taken due to a spike in COVID cases from the Delta variant. Some people have criticized de Blasio for not instituting another mask mandate, while others find his tactics too alarmist. Currently, unvaccinated individuals in NYC need to wear a mask in all settings, indoors and outdoors, while vaccinated New Yorkers are being asked to wear masks indoors “to keep each other safe.”

Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that employees in health care facilities and other high-risk settings will be required to show proof of vaccination or undergo regular COVID testing, at least once or twice a week. Full compliance will be expected by September 7th.