A coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination sign is seen posted at the entrance of Nighthawk Cinema in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
UPDATED 5:43 PM PT – Monday, September 13, 2021
New York City officials announced the city began enforcing vaccine mandates as more than 300,000 New Yorkers have returned to work. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said enforcement of the proof of vaccination mandate began on Monday, with non-complying businesses faced with fines of $1,000 for not asking customers for proof of vaccination.
Officials added civilian inspectors from 13 agencies would enforce the law at gyms, restaurants, sporting events and a number of other establishments. The measure was enacted several weeks ago, with the goal of getting all business compliant by Monday.
“We’ve got to work with everyone to get them vaccinated and that’s what we’re going to keep doing, over and over and over again, using mandates, using incentives,” De Blasio stated. “Key to NYC helps us, once and for all, to fight off the Delta variant and defeat COVID and move forward as a city.”
Meanwhile, critics argue the measure has no basis in science.