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Mayor de Blasio Applauds Additional "Key to NYC" Early Adopters

August 12, 2021

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today applauded more than 20 additional New York City businesses for requiring proof of vaccination for entry. The vaccine requirements, first unveiled by the City of New York as the “Key to NYC” program in early August, officially take effect during the week of August 16th for indoor dining, entertainment, and fitness facilities across the five boroughs.

“More and more businesses have already adopted our Key to NYC requirements - and are becoming public health heroes in the process,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I thank each and every one of them for doing their part to keep New York City safe. My message to New Yorkers is clear: if you want to enjoy everything New York City has to offer, get vaccinated today.”

Additional businesses already adopting vaccine requirements include:

  • Anfora
  • Arlene's Grocery
  • Blink Fitness
  • Brandy's Piano Bar
  • Equinox Fitness Clubs
  • Ethyl's Food and Alcohol
  • Fairfax
  • Iconoclast Fitness
  • Jeffrey’s Grocery
  • Jolene
  • Joseph Leonard
  • Los Arrieros
  • Oak and Iron
  • Resilient Fitness
  • Sagaponack
  • Solas Bar
  • SoulCycle
  • Stand Up NY
  • Sugar Monk
  • Tacombi
  • The Graham
  • The Three Diamond Door


Today’s list adds to the more than 30 businesses announced as early adopters yesterday:

  • Amor Y Amargo
  • Avant Garden
  • Bossa Nova Civic Club
  • Cadence
  • City Winery
  • Dame
  • Death & Co
  • Dirt Candy
  • Etérea
  • Felix Storch
  • Forsythia
  • Gertie
  • Ilili
  • Jeju Noodle
  • Ladybird
  • Leland
  • Leyenda
  • Llama San
  • Nowadays
  • Proletariat
  • PUBLIC Hotel
  • Related
  • RXR Realty
  • Soda Club
  • Tannat
  • The Bell House
  • The Durst Organization
  • The Pedal House
  • The Queensboro
  • Union Hall
  • Unter
  • Yellow Rose­


The City has embarked on a listening tour to gather feedback across industries and incorporate businesses’ needs into the final guidance. The City will also launch a multi-language ad campaign for consumers and business owners to spread awareness about the program.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes at least three options: a CDC-issued vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App, which allows those vaccinated out of New York State to show proof of their status. More details on requirements will be announced next week.


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