by Maria Caspani
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York has become the first major US city to offer mandatory proof of COVID-19 vaccination to employees and customers at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, as the United States battles the spread of the delta type of coronavirus. .
This commitment is in line with a series of measures aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to get vaccinated, as the highly contagious delta variant is spreading in the most populous city in the United States.
Speaking at a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said it is this measure that will make the difference in stopping the spread of the pandemic.
About 60% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, according to city data, but in some areas — mostly in poor neighborhoods — the vaccination rate remains low.
The controls will be in effect from September 13th. Bill de Blasio said the “New York Key” health passport will allow employees and customers at gyms, restaurants and other entertainment venues to prove they’ve received the vaccination.
In terms of protective masks, the mayor of New York has not made these masks mandatory in enclosed spaces, but he has strongly recommended them.
(Reportage by Maria Caspani, French version by Jean Terzian)
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