To stop the further spread of COVID in New York, starting today (Monday) all New Yorkers 12 and older will be required to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine — except for those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot — to enter many indoor settings in the five boroughs.
The indoor setting includes restaurants, gyms, and indoor entertainment venues like cinemas and Broadway shows.
A similar order was issued last September 13 but it only requires one vaccine dose to enter bars, restaurants, and indoor entertainment venues like movie theaters.
Also on Monday, children ages 5 to 11 years old needs to show proof that they received one dose of vaccine if they wish to enter some business establishments.
It was also learned that on the same day, that the controversial COVID-19 vaccine mandate of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio for private businesses will also take effect.
The order given on December 6, stipulates that employers “may not allow any unvaccinated workers to come to their workplace.
Based on the guidelines released earlier this month, fines or non-compliant businesses start at $1,000 and rise upon subsequent infractions.
As the order takes effect, Big Apple business owners are instructed to sign a form that affirms compliance with the vaccination rules to display in a “public-facing location” at the place of employment.
The one-page form includes the name and address of the business, as well as a date and signature from the business owner attesting, “I affirm that I have read the December 13, 2021 Order of the New York City Commissioner of Health requiring vaccination of workers and that my workplace is in compliance with the Order.