There was a stark warning for those who choose not to get vaccinated.
All restaurants, gyms and indoor entertainment venues in New York City will require proof of at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, the city's mayor announced Tuesday, August 3.
During a live broadcast posted on his Twitter account, Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers that the policy would come into effect over the next few weeks, adding: "If you want to participate in our society fully, you've got to get vaccinated."
Join us live at City Hall for a major announcement on how New York City will lead the way in fighting back COVID an… https://t.co/pzpo1RLLus— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@Mayor Bill de Blasio) 1628000153.0
In an attempt to vaccinate more people, the city offered a US$100 incentive for people to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. The mayor said that 11,000 New Yorkers chose to get vaccinated in the first few days of the incentive plan.
De Blasio also offered a warning to those reluctant to get vaccinated.
He said, "If you're unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things."