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 have at least one Covid-19 shot to partake in most indoor activities, as must all employees.
Some cities including San Francisco have followed suits 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 you in the door.
The city will start on Monday to send out inspectors from various agencies 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 the law can be costly to establishments. The city can fine an 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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