New York City Starts Requiring Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination, Photo ID at Restaurants and Gyms

New York City started requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants and gyms, according to the New York City government, coming a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that people have to also show proof of photo identification as well. “We do not want to go back to restrictions,” de Blasio said during a news conference on Tuesday. “The key to our progress is vaccination.” It came as museums and art galleries were also told to ask patrons to show proof of vaccination on Monday, according to the mayor’s office. “And it’s easy, all you have to do is show proof of vaccination—that could be a CDC paper card, that could be an Excelsior Pass, an NYC COVID Safe app, whatever works,” de Blasio said on Monday. “All you got to do is show that proof and have ID as well, and it’s straightforward.” The mayor …

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