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New York City’s Vaccine Mandate Starts Today, Here’s What You Need To Know

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday rolled out details on the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor settings in the five boroughs that will take effect Tuesday and will be enforced in mid-September.

The proof of vaccine to enter requirement, dubbed the Key to NYC, will apply to indoor restaurants, bars, museums and movie theaters, but not to places such as office buildings, community and senior centers as well as outdoor dining areas.

On Sept. 13, the city will begin issuing fines — $1,000 for a first offense and $2,000 for a second — to indoor businesses that fail to ensure their venues are off limits to those who remain unvaccinated.

“The Key to NYC is an approach that makes clear the power of vaccination. It is the ultimate encouragement to get people vaccinated,” de Blasio said Monday morning during his daily virtual press briefing, held remotely from City Hall.

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