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New York City to require vaccination proof for casinos

17 August 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday a new Key to NYC vaccination mandate for indoor dining, entertainment and fitness will start today, 17 August.

Indoor entertainment and recreational settings, such as casinos, sports stadiums, movie theaters and concert halls, among other venues, are included in the mandate,

Enforcement will begin, with a multi-agency coalition, on September 13.

“New York City has one mission: defeat the delta variant and build a recovery for all of us,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The Key to NYC sends a powerful message that vaccination will unlock our city’s potential, and we’ll stop at nothing to save lives and keep New Yorkers safe.”

Indoor venues will accept proof of vaccination via two official apps. Also, a picture of a CDC vaccination card or a hard copy will be accepted.

“The Key to NYC will unlock many of our favorite activities,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. “Vaccination makes every activity safer and this is a common-sense precaution to keep patrons of gyms, restaurants and indoor entertainment healthy.”

Empire City Casino in Yonkers and the newly opened Resorts World Casino New York City are two of the gaming venues that would fall under the new mandate.

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