Requirement for Businesses to Check Customers' Vaccinations Status Goes into Effect Today
by Yehudit Garmaise
Starting today, the Key to NYC, which requires businesses to ask customers, upon entry, for proof of at least one vaccine shot, will now be enforced, and business owners who do not comply will be face fines that start at $1,000, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning.
Officials from 13 civilian agencies from city agencies will be visiting businesses to check their compliance and to help provide any information or resources they need to uphold the city’s rules that enforce vaccination of customers.
The city’s agencies, the mayor said, will be around “to help people get it right.
“We are resolute. If anyone does not want to follow the rules, there will be consequences for that,” said the mayor, who said that “today, Sept. 13, 2021, will be remembered as the day that was a gamechanger, a difference-maker, a turnaround day.”
The mayor also announced that the COVID numbers are once again showing steady decline, which he attributed to the 11 million New Yorkers who have stepped up to get vaccinated.
As more than one million public schoolchildren also return to classrooms today, and the city’s theaters are reopening they mayor said, “This is the day we have been working towards for months and months, making progress, fighting back COVID: everyone together.
“New Yorkers really have a lot to be proud of today because the ability of New Yorkers to make a stunning come back, we are seeing it today again: with more and more evidence, what this city can do.”
The mayor said that the city is “seeing great, great pick-up on the Key to NYC, adherence to it, people believing in it, making it happen.”
Although many fear that business owners may not comply with the Key to NYC, the mayor has said repeatedly that he is “hears quite often from restaurant owners how good they feel that they are keeping everybody safe,” by checking customers’ vaccination statuses before admitting them.
“What we are hearing, overwhelmingly, that people’s vaccination cards are being checked, the mayor said.
“Business are making it work, and any place that has concerns and questions, we are going to help make it through, but obviously there are also going to be violations and penalties for non-compliance.
The more than 11 million New Yorkers who have stepped up to get vaccinated are the reason residents can now once again “feel the life of the city,” said the mayor, who added, “We are coming back full force this fall.”