City restaurants, venues work to ditch the vax pass

Burke added that he hadn’t heard of any employees fearing working in an environment where guests didn’t have to show proof of vaccinations. “Those who worked last year are soldiers,” he said. “They are above that.”

The hospitality industry has welcomed the relaxation, said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance.

“We stand in solidarity with our Mayor Eric Adams, public health officials and community leaders to lift the city’s temporary vaccination proof mandate for indoor dining, as an important step in the rebirth of our city. resilient,” he said.

Adams said he would provide legal cover for companies that preferred to continue carding.

While some companies celebrate the ease of Covid restrictions, others plan to keep mandates in place.

Russell Jackson, owner of a tasting menu restaurant in Harlem called Reverence, said he would keep strict protocols in place, in part to avoid having to make changes again if the city restarts restrictions.

“I don’t want to be caught between jerky decision-making,” he said. “I don’t want it to be something different every week.”

Broadway shows will keep mask-wearing and vaccine screening in effect through April 30, with a reassessment of protocols scheduled for April 1. A group of off-Broadway shows signed a letter Thursday saying they would try to keep the current guidelines in place.

Other institutions said they had not yet made any changes, but were revising their policies in light of the announcement. They included the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Bronx Zoo. Union Square Hospitality Group, among the first restaurant groups to announce a vaccine mandate, said it had no update to share.

The Key to NYC vaccine pass was created by Adams’ predecessor, Bill de Blasio, following a survey that showed New Yorkers in their 20s, 30s and 40s would vaccinate in order to participate in social life. Currently, 86% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 77% of the city’s residents are fully vaccinated. The seven-day average of Covid-related hospitalizations fell dramatically to 25, as of March 1, from 1,033 at the height of the omicron wave in the first week of January, according to city ​​data.

Adams outlined a plan that may require restrictions, including the vaccine mandate, to return if cases or hospitalizations reach more dangerous levels as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In response to concerns that the city may be moving too quickly in lifting restrictions, Adams said he wants to see the city return with places full of locals and out-of-towners.

“We have become a city of no,” he said. “I want to become a city of excitement.”

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