The laws, part of the move called Key to NYC Pass, effectuated Tuesday and will be implemented beginning Sept. 13. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the initiative on Aug. 3.
“It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good, full, and healthy life,” de Blasio said.
Visitors and staff at public facilities, such as entertainment venues and fitness centers, are required to show proof of vaccination.
Refusal to comply with the mandates' fines starts at $1,000.
The vaccine is imperative for institutions and cultural events throughout the city to be enjoyed, de Blasio said.
The policy was approved by a mayoral executive order and a health commissioner’s order.
"We have one mission now on our pathway to recovery, defeat Delta," de Blasio said Monday at a press conference. "It can be done through vaccination. The whole key is vaccination. We keep learning this over and over. We're seeing problems in other parts of the country where folks have not gotten vaccinated, but New Yorkers continue to come out in strong numbers to get vaccinated, and that's going to make all the difference. So, we have a real challenge here, but we know what we can do to fight back."
The order, which goes into effect on Tuesday, mandates all "covered" entertainment spaces in New York City to require both visitors and staff to be vaccinated to enter the building. As a result, visitors wishing to enter the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and many others will be forced to show proof of vaccination.
The order from de Blasio reaches far past just museums and other cultural institutions, such as galleries and performing arts theaters. Movie theaters, concert halls, party venues, casinos, restaurants, zoos and aquariums are also among the list of venues that will ask visitors to prove their positive vaccination status in order to enter. In announcing the latest effort by the mayor to help boost vaccination rates, de Blasio called the order a "temporary reality" to help stave off the rise in COVID-19 cases.