Starting August 16, New York will be the first city in the United States to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for public indoor settings, including performance, entertainment, and cultural venues. The move comes after similar mandates were issued in countries including France and Italy, and as the more contagious Delta variant of the virus continues to spread, posing a major threat primarily among the unvaccinated population.
“If you want to participate in society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated. It’s time,” tweeted NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. The new “Key to NYC Pass” displaying immunization status will be implemented this month, but will not be enforced with penalties and fines until September 13, the mayor said in a press conference this morning.
The mandate is meant to incentivize unvaccinated New Yorkers — about 40% of the city’s population — to get the jab by requiring proof of at least one dose in order to participate in indoor activities. Citywide, around 60% of residents have received a single dose and 55% are fully vaccinated, but the rates are lower in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
Just yesterday, Mayor De Blasio was criticized for encouraging but not enforcing indoor masking in New York. Most museums in the city require visitors to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status; it is still unclear how museums and libraries will be impacted by the newly announced “Key to NYC” plan. Representatives for the Whitney Museum of American Art and Metropolitan Museum told Hyperallergic that the respective institutions would continue to enforce indoor masking for staff and visitors and follow any city and state mandates.
Some institutions, like the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side, have been a step ahead, requiring proof of full vaccination to join indoor tours of its historic building since it reopened in June. Unvaccinated visitors, including children under the age of 12 for whom the shot is not yet approved, are only permitted on outdoor walking tours or the museum’s Meet Victoria at Play: 1916, which takes place outdoors in a rear yard.
“The Museum is currently selling out more than 90% of our available tours and visitors have been receptive and appreciative of the policy,” said Rachael Grygorcewicz, the Tenement Museum’s chief operating officer.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Plaintiff Cheri Pierson accuses the disgraced financier of a “brutal” sexual attack at the Manhattan mansion of Jeffrey Epstein.
At the heart of What if the Matriarchy Was Here All Along? is the idea that matriarchy never really died but rather has transformed.
Larry Towell’s images reveal a little-seen, isolated world and raise questions about the unforgiving impact of tradition on families.
Mexican photographer Alfredo De Stefano’s photographs of barren deserts and other works reflecting on the climate crisis will be displayed in a not-for-sale section.
SCAD’s booth at Design Miami/ features glazed tiles by alumni artists Nicolas Barrera, Lauren Clay, Gonzalo Hernandez, Cory Imig, Abel Macias, and Nikita Nagpal.
Whether Musk’s weird still life post was an act of trolling or an act of cringe is up to you, but the memes speak for themselves.
For roughly half an hour, art collectors had to consider a world in which they didn’t get that Alex Katz work.
Join the New-York Historical Society on December 9 for a virtual conversation with Kellie Jones, Rujeko Hockley, and Cameron Shaw on the past, present, and future of Black art in the US.
From art fairs to alternative spaces that may not be on your radar, here’s a run-down of what to see (and eat and sip) in Miami. No NFTs, we promise.
Protests are erupting across the country in response to President Xi Jinping’s strict zero-COVID policy.
The unique MFASA at the Institute of American Indian Arts offers mentorships with world-renowned Indigenous artists, flexible schedules, and access to one of the US’s cultural capitals.
What does it mean when the world’s richest person trolls us?
Ghenie’s paintings of Marilyn Monroe are a relentless representation of a howling, turbulent tragedy, a face broken into crude sideways slewings and gougings and gorgings of paint.