New York City Vaccine Passport for Restaurants, Fitness Centers, Museums, and Theaters Now Being Enforced

By Kurt Stolz on 13 September 2021
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Starting this week, New York City will be enforcing its vaccine passport rules for a variety of venues in the Big Apple.

Diners at restaurants and cafes as well as members of fitness centers, theatergoers, and visitors to museums and other cultural institutions have been showing proof of vaccination to enter since mid-August, but the official enforcement in the city only began Monday.  The policy also applies to guests at hotels who wish to dine in a hotel’s restaurants and cafes.

For now, however, all people 12 years of age and older must have at least one Covid-19 shot to partake in most indoor activities, as must all employees of such establishments.

Some cities, including San Francisco, have followed suit while at least two states, Florida and Texas, have banned vaccine passports. New Orleans and Palm Springs, California, also have similar programs in place but a negative coronavirus test result will also get one in the door.

The city will start to send out inspectors from various agencies on Monday who will check for required signage and written plans as well as to make sure employees are checking for proof of vaccination.

Failing to comply with the law can be costly. The city can fine a restaurant or other establishment  $1,000 for a first violation, and there are escalating penalties and other enforcement actions for repeat offenders.

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