Eat out or go to the movies in Nova York just gained new rules, even with advanced vaccination.
The city announced that it will require a negative covid-19 test or proof of vaccination for everyone who wants to eat in restaurants, exercise indoors or attend cultural spaces such as cinema or theater.
The measure comes in line with the increase in cases of the Delta variant, which worries the United States. The number of new cases in New York City rose more than five times in July, with the moving average for the past seven days surpassing 900 cases a day.
New York becomes like this the first major city in the United States to require vaccination to attend establishments, following countries like France and Italy.
The rule goes into effect on August 16th, but the actual inspection only starts in September, after a transition period and when a new school year will start in schools.
“It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to live a good, full and healthy life,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference.
The mayor said that “not everyone will agree with us”, but that the city aims to protect as many people as possible.
The plan includes the creation of a vaccination passport, the “Key to NYC Pass” (the “key to NYC”), to be presented by vaccinated persons in establishments.
In recent months, the US had been relaxing restrictions on the advance of vaccination and the drop in the number of cases and deaths.
In a questioned measure, the CDC, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, even announced that those who were fully vaccinated no longer needed to wear a mask, not even in closed spaces. In recent days, with the increase in cases, the organization has backtracked to the worst-affected regions — which does not include New York, for now.
De Blasio, however, has been reluctant to return to mandatory masks in New York, despite requests from experts.
New studies have shown that covid-19 vaccines, while preventing most severe cases of the disease, do not prevent an infected with the Delta variant from transmitting the virus to another person. Since there are regions where only half of the population is vaccinated, the information is worrying for the control of the pandemic in the USA.
This month, the city of New York had already passed to require that city officials are required to be vaccinated by mid-September.
Companies across the country have also started to require vaccinations to work, such as Google, Netflix and Facebook.
Vaccinated in the USA
One of the difficulties facing the United States is increasing the rate of vaccinated people.
Although there are vaccines left in the country, the number of fully vaccinated adults (over 18) is only 61% of the population. If the entire population is included, the rate drops to 50%.
In Brazil, the share of fully vaccinated is 20% of the population.
In New York City, with 8 million inhabitants, the most vaccinated part of the five counties that make up the city is the area of Manhattan, the richest (71% of the population took a dose, and the rate rises to 80% if only adults are counted).
But there are inequalities within the city. In the Bronx, only 50% of the population took at least one dose. In Kings County (county representing the Brooklyn region), the rate is 52%.
US President Joe Biden is considering offering a $100 prize to those who get vaccinated. The City of New York itself is also paying, since last Friday, 30, the same amount for the new vaccinees. Governments across the country have given away prizes ranging from $1 million raffles and college scholarships to free meals and concert tickets.
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