- The mayor also announced several other requirements. He said they were necessary to keep New Yorkers safe in the face of the new alternative from Omicron
- – We know that Omikron is here. (…) We have to assume that it will spread. We have to assume it’s going to be a real challenge for us – confirmed de Blasio on MSNBC TV
- He described vaccination as a “central weapon” against the coronavirus. In his opinion, it will be possible to avoid further cumbersome restrictions
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This is the biggest crisis in the history of New York. The mayor said: We cannot allow COVID-19 to break through the door again.
The vaccination commitment for the private sector is expected to come into effect on December 27. It will be a few days before the end of de Blasio’s second and final term as mayor, which expires on December 31.
New York Mayor’s Other Coronavirus Orders
At the same time, he announced several other decrees regarding the threat from Omikron. The city will extend the obligation to vaccinate indoors for restaurants, bars, fitness clubs and playrooms for children ages 5 to 11. The requirements will apply from December 14th.
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From December 27, all employees and customers at indoor catering establishments, fitness clubs and recreation centers will be required to present a certificate of receiving two doses of the vaccine, instead of the usual dose.
According to local radio 1010, WINS de Blasio also announced that the city is expanding the obligation to take a single dose of the vaccine for participants in “high-risk extracurricular activities,” such as in music and sports groups for children 5 years of age and older. The requirement, which previously applied only to children from 12 years of age, takes effect on December 14.
City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chukchi has warned that coronavirus cases have increased in recent weeks due to the delta variable.
– Since the last low at the beginning of November, they have doubled. Chukchi noted that it has increased in every region and in every age group, adding that the city should be “more ruthless than the virus.”
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