The Key to NYC program requires employees and customers 5 and older to prove they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before entering businesses conducting the following activities:
- Indoor dining
- Indoor fitness
- Indoor entertainment
Starting on December 27, the program will require two vaccine doses for New Yorkers 12 and older instead of one, except for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This rule will go into effect for children ages 5 to 11 starting on January 28, 2022.
In addition, all employees at all other private businesses in New York City are required to show their employers proof that they received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by December 27, 2021. Proof of a second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) is required 45 days later.
Learn more about the Key to NYC program.
How to Comply
Customers and employees must show proof of vaccination. People 18 and older are also required to show an ID with the same identifying information along with their proof of vaccination. Contractors are also required to provide proof if they reside in New York City.
Any vaccine approved for emergency use or fully approved by either the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization will meet the vaccination mandate. This includes Pfizer BioNTech (also known as Comirnaty, which is pronounced "koe-mir-na-tee"), Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
Businesses must check the proof of vaccination and identification for employees and customers and have:
- One visible Vaccination Required Poster for Businesses in the window explaining the mandate.
- Two written policies available upon inspection covering how the business plans to perform vaccine checks. This should include how you will check the vaccination status of staff AND customers before they enter or immediately after they enter your business.