Dear Business Owner,
As of August 17, 2021, people 12 and older are required to show identification and proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for:
- Includes restaurants, catering halls, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, grocery stores with indoor dining, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and other indoor dining spaces.
- Includes gyms, fitness centers, fitness classes, pools, dance studios, and other indoor fitness studios such as yoga or pilates.
Indoor entertainment and certain meeting spaces
- Includes movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, hotel meeting and event spaces, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pool and billiard halls, recreational game centers, adult entertainment, and indoor play areas.
This new requirement — called the Key to NYC — also means staff at these locations must be vaccinated.
If you own of the above types of businesses, we urge you to review the requirements and make sure you are in compliance to protect your employees and patrons and to avoid fines.
Additional resources to help you understand the requirements can be found below.
To comply with this requirement, businesses must:
- Place the Vaccination Required Poster for Businesses (PDF) or a similar sign in at least 14-point font in a place that is clearly visible to people before they enter your business.
- Become familiar with the accepted proofs of vaccination found here.
- Develop a written implementation plan that will be available for inspection. This should include how you will check the identifications and vaccination status of staff and customers before they enter — or immediately after they enter — your business.
- Help your staff get vaccinated: Consider hanging posters about the COVID-19 vaccines in break rooms and provide information about where to get vaccinated.