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New York City Announces Private Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate and Expansions to Key to NYC Program

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that New York City will become the first major city in the United States to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for private sector workers across industries. The mandate will take effect on December 27, 2021 and will apply to approximately 184,000 businesses. While details are presently limited, the City is expected to issue additional enforcement and reasonable accommodation guidance by December 15, 2021, as well as provide additional resources to help small businesses with implementation.

In addition to the private sector vaccine mandate, the Mayor further announced expansions to the “Key to NYC Pass” program implemented August 17, 2021, which currently mandates workers and patrons ages 12 and over to show proof of having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to have access to, or provide services within, indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment venues and performances.  Starting December 14, 2021, the program will require children ages 5-11 to show proof of at least one vaccination dose for access to such venues.  Further, starting December 27, 2021, children and adults ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of two vaccine doses, instead of one, except for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine.

We will continue to monitor and report on further developments with regard to these new requirements as they arise.

© 2022 Proskauer Rose LLP. National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 340
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Evandro Gigante Labor and Employment Lawyer Proskauer Rose Law FIrm
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Evandro Gigante is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration group and the Hiring & Terminations group. He represents clients through a variety of labor and employment matters, including allegations of sexual harassment, race, gender, national origin, disability and religious discrimination. Evandro also counsels employers through reductions-in-force, employee relations issues and other sensitive employment matters.

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Laura M. Fant, Labor & Employment Attorney, Proskauer Law Firm
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Laura M. Fant is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Department, resident in the New York office. She is a member of the Accessibility and Accommodations Practice Group, and frequently counsels on matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state public accommodation law, as well as disability accommodation in the workplace. She has experience conducting accessibility audits and providing ADA and accessibility training for clients in a variety of sectors, including retail, sports, and not-for-profit. Her practice also focuses on wage and hour...

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Raymond Arroyo is a law clerk in the Labor Department and a member of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Group.

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