New York City Adopts Strict Vaccine Mandate Amid Coronavirus Variant Surge
Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Executive Order 225 on Monday mandating that proof of vaccination against SARS-COV-2 is required to enter every “covered entity and all “covered premises” beginning on Tuesday.
The “Key to NYC” is The Big Apple’s latest attempt to slow the spread of the recently-emerged hypervirulent strains of COVID-19. According to EO225, only 56% of the City’s residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Hizzoner’s Order states that anyone wishing to go into an indoor commercial space must bring either a paper or a digital copy of their vaccine card as well as a form of personal identification with matching information.
“I hereby order that a covered entity shall not permit a patron, full- or part-time employee, intern, volunteer, or contractor to enter a covered premises without displaying proof of vaccination and identification bearing the same identifying information as the proof of vaccination,” de Blasio said in his proclamation.
There are some exceptions, however:
Individuals entering for a quick and limited purpose (for example, using the restroom, placing or picking up an order or service, changing clothes in a locker room, or performing necessary repairs);
A nonresident performing artist not regularly employed by the covered entity while they are in a covered premises for purposes of performing;
A nonresident professional athlete/sports team who enters a covered premises as part of their regular employment for purposes of competing; and
A nonresident individual accompanying a performing artist or professional athlete/sports team into a covered premises as part of their regular employment so long as the performing artist or professional athlete/sports team are performing or competing in the covered premises.
Those individuals, however, still have to wear masks and maintain appropriate social distancing.
De Blasio also ordered “each covered entity to develop and keep a written record describing the covered entity’s protocol for implementing and enforcing the requirements of this Order. Such written record shall be available for inspection upon a request of a City official as allowed by law,” adding that they must “develop and keep a written record describing the covered entity’s protocol for implementing and enforcing the requirements of this Order. Such written record shall be available for inspection upon a request of a City official as allowed by law.”
The mayor’s penalties for disobeying the mandate are heavy:
I hereby direct that any person or entity who is determined to have violated this Order shall be subject to a fine, penalty and forfeiture of not less than $1,000. If the person or entity is determined to have committed a subsequent violation of this Order within twelve months of the initial violation for which a penalty was assessed, such person or entity shall be subject to a fine, penalty and forfeiture of not less than $2,000. For every violation thereafter, such person or entity shall be subject to a fine, penalty and forfeiture of not less than $5,000 if the person or entity committed the violation within twelve months of the violation for which the second penalty was assessed. This Order may be enforced pursuant to sections 3.05, 3.07, and/or 3.11 of the Health Code and sections 558 and 562 of the Charter. I hereby suspend Appendix 7-A of Chapter 7 of the Rules of the City of New York to the extent it would limit a violation of this Order to be punished with a standard penalty of $1,000 or a default penalty of $2,000.