Soon you’ll need proof of vaccination for restaurants and some indoor activities in New York City.

For those traveling to New York City, proof of vaccination may soon be required for certain indoor activities, including dining, Broadway shows and other events, as well as visiting gyms. Keep reading to learn more about New York’s plans to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

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The key to the NYC Pass

The Big Apple is the first major city in the United States to define vaccine requirements for staff and visitors.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced new vaccination requirements for those who wish to enjoy certain activities in the city. This vaccine verification program – the “Key to NYC Pass” – will impact both workers and customers. Proof of having a dose of any vaccine should be presented.

Travelers who are planning to visit New York and have not yet been vaccinated may want to make an appointment to be vaccinated. It might help avoid the need to change plans or miss certain activities while you’re in town.

Here’s what to expect with the policy ahead

Mayor de Blasio noted that the policy is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The city should still continue to gather feedback from businesses and work out official details.

Here is the planned schedule:

  • The policy will begin to be implemented the week of August 16, 2021
  • Inspections and enforcement will begin the week of September 13, 2021

Right now, the plan is to require workers and customers to show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before they can:

  • Dine inside
  • Visit indoor fitness centers and gyms
  • Attend entertainment events and indoor shows

Travelers can choose to present a paper vaccination card or use the Excelsior Pass app to check vaccination status.

With this proposed mandate, the city hopes to encourage more people to get vaccinated and reduce the severity of the virus for more people.

Broadway outlines mask warrants and vaccination requirements

Previously, the Broadway League announced masking and vaccination requirements for all upcoming performances. All 41 Broadway theaters will require proof of vaccination for members of the public, performers, theater staff and backstage crew. Masks will also be required for the public inside the theater, except when eating or drinking or in designated areas.

To attend, customers can expect to do one of the following:

  • Show proof of complete vaccination (must have completed both doses for a two-dose injection or received a single-dose injection at least 14 days before the performance)
  • Children under 12 and people with health issues or intimate religious beliefs may show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test

If you plan to submit a negative test, it must be either a PCR test performed within 72 hours of the performance start time or an antigen test performed within six hours.

This has an impact on performances held through October 31, 2021. The Broadway League may announce updates to this policy for performance dates beyond October.

Be flexible when booking travel arrangements

If you are planning a trip right now, you need to be flexible. Rules and requirements change frequently as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus. You may need to make adjustments before or even during your trip if there are any significant rule changes. Be sure to check the news before you leave on your trip.

You should also know that the changes can have an impact on your personal finances. Having to change your travel arrangements or change your travel date could make your post-pandemic travel more expensive. Additionally, if you are traveling abroad and test positive for COVID-19, you may need to quarantine yourself for a number of days at your own expense. The rules of entry for tourists may change and vary from country to country.

We suggest that you include extra money in your vacation budget to cover unforeseen expenses. Using a rewards credit card is also recommended as you can earn rewards on your travel expenses which can lower costs. Here is a list of the best travel credit cards available right now.

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