Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York has announced the implementation of a ‘Key to NYC’ regulation that will require confirmation of immunisation to visit the region’s casinos.
Beginning this week, with enforcement beginning with a multi-agency coalition on Monday, September 13th, the city will launch a “aggressive outreach and education campaign,” which will include a $10 million multi-platform paid media effort.
Radio, television, digital, social media, and subway live boards will all be part of the campaign. Approximately 600 canvassers will also be going door to door for affected businesses over the next three weeks, with the goal of reaching every postcode in the city.
Unlocking city potential
“New York City has one mission: defeat the delta variant and build a recovery for all of us,” said de Blasio. “The Key to NYC sends a powerful message that vaccination will unlock our city’s potential, and we’ll stop at nothing to save lives and keep New Yorkers safe.”
Indoor venues will accept vaccination proof through two certified applications. A photograph or a printed copy of a CDC immunisation card will also be accepted.
Empire City Casino in Yonkers and Resorts World Casino in New York City are two of the gaming venues that would be subject to the new mandate, which also applies to bars, fitness gyms, movie and stage theatres, museums, and other indoor venues, with staff required to be vaccinated at these locations.
Dave Chokshi, health commissioner, added on the introduction: “The Key to NYC will unlock many of our favourite activities.
“Vaccination makes every activity safer and this is a common-sense precaution to keep patrons of gyms, restaurants and indoor entertainment healthy.”
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