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The Key to NYC

Published: August 18th, 2021

On August 16, Mayor de Blasio announced the full details of the Key to NYC Pass, which is now in effect and will be fully enforced beginning September 13.

Centering on the idea that Covid-19 vaccination is the “key” to safely enjoying the five boroughs in full and supporting the local economy, the plan requires proof of at least one dose of vaccination for all workers and individuals in:

  • Indoor dining spaces
  • Indoor fitness facilities
  • Indoor entertainment and performing arts venues


New Yorkers and visitors age 12 and older are required to show proof of vaccination to participate in indoor activities at New York City restaurants and bars, fitness gyms, and entertainment and recreational settings including movie theaters, music or concert venues, casinos, botanical gardens, commercial event, and party venues, museums and galleries, aquariums, zoos, professional sports arenas, and indoor stadiums, convention centers and exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, indoor play areas, pool and billiard halls, and other recreational games. Proof of vaccination is also required for employees at these establishments. Children under 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are required to wear a mask and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You can read more about the Key to NYC here.