As a way to stop the rising cases of COVID-19 variant Omicron in New York City, outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio is seriously considering requiring people to get COVID-19 booster shots if they want to attend concerts, restaurants, and similar indoor venues.
De Blasio said Omicron is a new challenge the city is currently tackling at the moment.
“I think it’s a fair question that we’re going to analyze now – with all of our approaches to COVID, we’re going to update them, because we’re dealing with some new challenges at this moment,” de Blasio said on Friday.
“So, that will be looked at along with a series of other actions, because it’s really dynamic right now,” de Blasio added.
Sources said with the possible new mandate, a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now a necessity for those who want to go to concerts, restaurants, and similar indoor venues.
At the moment, the city requires proof of just a single jab to enter certain indoor businesses — including all indoor restaurants, entertainment venues, and gyms.
Meanwhile, as of Saturday afternoon, there were eight cases of the Omicron variant detected statewide, including seven in the city.