People participating in indoor activities in New York City will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination starting August 16. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
Aug. 3 (UPI) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday the city will require those taking part in indoor activities to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, becoming the first major U.S. city to impose such a mandate.
The new mandate, which will take effect Aug. 16 and be fully enforced by Sept. 13, will affect those attending plays, eating at restaurants, working out at gyms and other indoor activities.
"It is time for people to see vaccinations as literally necessary to living a good, full and healthy life," de Blasio said, according to NBC News.
Fifty-five percent of New York City residents have been fully vaccinated and 60% have had at least one dose, according to data from the city.
The move is de Blasio's latest effort to get more people vaccinated. The city is already offering $100 to individuals to get vaccinated and city workers face weekly testing if they aren't.
The city's vaccination effort has lagged behind in communities of color. According to city data, only 31% of Black residents and 42% of Latinos have been fully vaccinated.
De Blasio said the "Key to NYC Pass," which provides proof of vaccination, will make it easier for residents to show their official status.
"When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that because someone is vaccinated they can do all the amazing things available in NYC," de Blasio said, according to WABC-TV.
"This is a miraculous place literally full of wonders. If you are vaccinated all that is going to open up to you, you have the key, you can open the door.