No Shirt, No Shot, No Service

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New York City on Tuesday became the first U.S. city to begin requiring proof of vaccination for people who go indoors at places like restaurants, museums, gyms, entertainment venues and other businesses.

The mandate, announced earlier this month, applies to virtually everyone except children under the age of 12, as they are not yet able to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Accepted forms of proof include CDC-issued vaccination cards, the New York State Excelsior Pass and the NYC COVID Safe app. Photos of the vaccination cards are also acceptable.

“New York is leading the way in the fight against COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Monday. “Getting vaccinated is the Key to NYC.”

There are a few exceptions to the mandate. In addition to children under 12, athletes, contractors and some performers who don’t live in the city won’t have to show proof of vaccination.

Those who violate the mandate can be fined $1,000 fine for a first offense, $2,000 for the second and $5,000 for each offense after that.

City officials say training will be available for businesses on how to handle possible confrontations with members of the public.

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The city won’t begin enforcing the vaccination mandate until Sept. 13. Almost 60% of residents in the state have been fully vaccinated, according to the data.

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