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NYC Office of Nightlife to Host “Key to NYC” Update Webinar on September 1, 2021

Melissa Toldy

New York City - Nightlife and hospitality businesses are invited to a webinar hosted by the NYC Office of Nightlife tomorrow, September 1 from noon until 1:30 pm.

The presentation will include updates about the new vaccination mandate, known as the “Key to NYC” program.

City agencies will provide details about the program rules, such as employee and guest accommodations and enforcement protocols. At the end of the webinar, there will be a Q&A.

Since the Key to NYC Pass was announced a few weeks ago, many indoor venues have begun asking for proof of vaccination, even though the enforcement protocols do not take effect until September 13.

The program is meant to encourage more New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Indoor dining and entertainment venues will be required to verify vaccination status for both their employees and their patrons.

Key to NYC also applies to fitness centers, but those businesses do not fall under the Office of Nightlife’s purview.

To help you understand the City's new vaccination mandate and guidelines, and get answers to your questions, the Office of Nightlife is hosting a multiagency webinar about the Key to NYC program on Wednesday, September 1 from 12:00pm-1:30pm.

Although the Key to NYC program seems pretty straightforward, the implementation may not be as simple as checking for vax cards on someone’s phone or one of the New York apps, like the Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe app. Not everyone will be happy about the new requirements.

MEND NYC created this video tutorial, offering conflict resolution training for businesses. Guidance includes using “permission-based” questions and finding common ground with people, even if you do not agree with their behavior.

Establishments will be required to post a Key to NYC sign in a conspicuous place, so that patrons will see it prior to entering the indoor space, and employees will be notified about the vax requirement.

Businesses can use signs created by the NYC Health Department, or they can create their own sign, as long as it measures 8.5 x 11 inches, uses 14-point font or larger, and includes the following message: New York City requires staff and customers 12 years of age and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter this establishment. To find out where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine visit or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). For more information on Key to NYC, visit

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