N.Y.C. Says No Soup For You Without Proof Of Vaccination
New York City is known for many things like Broadway, bagels, expensive shops, amazing Broadway productions and much more. Today, you can add a new one to the list, they will be the first major city in the US to require proof of vaccination in order to do certain indoor leisure activities. As Seinfeld, a famous NYC based show, made the no soup for you slang viral, mayor Bill de Blasio is essentially saying no soup for you without vaccination proof.
Key To NYC Pass Program
The Mayor announced the “Key to NYC Pass” program and new requirements earlier today at a press conference. The following activities will require proof of vaccination within the city limits. All of these are for the indoor versions of the activities:
- Performances / Shows
The Key to NYC Pass program will launch in mid August but will be fully implemented the week of September 13th. The mayor is hoping this increases the rate of vaccinations in the city saying:
“It is time for people to see vaccinations as literally necessary to living a good, full and healthy life, if you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things.” Source NBC News
— City of New York (@nycgov) August 3, 2021
Currently 70% of adults in NYC have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 66% are fully vaccinated. The options to show proof of vaccination will be showing your vaccination paper card, use the city’s Covid-19 safe app or the state’s Excelsior app.
While many of these things can be done outside, at least while the weather is nice, it will become more of a hurdle as winter approaches. This is coming at a time when young people are starting to move back into city centers. The unvaccinated among them will likely be changing course with this news. There is little point in paying city prices if you can not experience all that a city has to offer.
As for travelers, this could force some to change their visitation plans. Since hotels and museums etc. do not fall under this order you could still experience much of the city without vaccination proof. You could also skirt the rules by taking part in outdoor dining or takeout etc. while the weather is still bearable. But I assume some will decide to look elsewhere to for their travel needs.
It will be interesting to see if other cities launch a similar program. It would seem like LA would be the next logical choice to do something similar, but only time will tell. I wouldn’t be surprised for airlines to implement something similar if the pandemic continues to rage on, but that is just speculation on my part.
We live in a world of constant change these days and you need to be quick on your feet. Or at least be prepared to be told, no soup for you.