NYC becomes largest U.S. city to require proof of vaccination for indoor activities

Masked kitchen workers pass finished plates of food to a server at Claro restaurant on February 12, 2021 in New York City. New rules allow restaurants, bars, and cafes to reopen at 25% capacity due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

New York City will require workers and patrons at indoor businesses to show proof of vaccination starting on September 13, becoming the first major U.S. city to take such action amid a surge of new cases nationwide driven by the highly transmissible delta variant.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new mandate on Tuesday, saying it will apply to indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues.

The mayor said New York was the first major city in the U.S. to issue such a mandate.

“You want to enjoy everything great this summer in New York City? Go get vaccinated,” de Blasio said.

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