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August 17, 2021
Here’s What To Know About NYC’s New Indoor Dining Vaccination Requirement
NYC restaurants and bars will now require anyone eating or drinking indoors to show proof that they’ve received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

You may have heard that NYC restaurants and bars will now require anyone eating or drinking indoors to show proof that they’ve received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. All staff at bars and restaurants must be vaccinated, as well.

Here’s how the new policy works.

The Logic

How To Prove You’re Vaccinated At A Restaurant Or Bar

When Restaurants And Bars Will Start Checking Vaccination Status

What's Going To Happen For The Next Month?

  • According to deBlasio, the city is using the time between now and September 13th to roll out educational resources so businesses can prepare before enforcement. For example, small businesses can take an online de-escalation training for turning away customers.

  • In a press conference on Monday August, 16th, the mayor announced that the city will spend $10 million on advertising and outreach. 600 canvassers will be deployed around NYC to make sure businesses are prepared.

  • Every restaurant and bar will be required to [print out a sign explaining the indoor vaccination policy printable signage.

Are There Any Exceptions?

  • Anyone 12 and under can eat inside, since they aren’t yet eligible to receive a Covid vaccine.

  • Restaurants and bars must allow people who are unvaccinated to come inside to use the bathroom. They must wear a mask inside.

  • Takeout and delivery-only establishments won’t need to check proof of vaccination.


  • The Department Of Health and other city agencies will check to make sure every bar or restaurant has posted signage explaining the vaccination mandate, and that they’re implementing the indoor vaccine requirements.

  • After September 13th, any establishment that doesn’t comply with the indoor vaccination mandate will be fined on an escalating scale: $1,000 for a first offense, $2,000 for a second offense, $5,000 for a third offense, and so on.

  • On the customer side, anyone using a fraudulent vaccine card could go to prison for 7 years.

Outdoor Dining Is Exempt (For Now)

  • For now, restaurants and bars will not be required to check the vaccination status of anyone dining outside. [Although some restaurants and bars have put policies into place doing just that.]

  • In a [press conference on Monday, August 16th,] Mayor deBlasio said the city would continue to monitor how the Covid Delta variant impacts New York and its businesses as the weather changes this fall. “If we need to take additional steps, we will for sure.”



Vaccine Mandates Are Coming For Indoor Dining. Here’s How NYC Restaurants Are Preparing

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