NEW YORK — New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for indoor activities.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the move Tuesday, the first big city in the U.S. to impose such restrictions.
The new requirement starts Aug. 16. It applies to indoor dining, gyms and indoor entertainment venues.
De Blasio said Monday he was making “a strong recommendation” that everyone wear a mask in public indoor settings but stressed that the city’s “overwhelming strategic thrust” remained getting more people vaccinated.
Official data indicates about 66% of adults in New York City are fully vaccinated.
The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot in the arms of 70% of American adults — a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country.
Louisiana ordered nearly everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks again in all indoor public settings, including schools and colleges, and other cities and states likewise moved to reinstate precautions to counter a crisis blamed on the fast-spreading variant and stubborn resistance to getting the vaccine.