Enforcement of 'Key to NYC' Measures Begins Soon

Everyone over the age of 12 is required to show proof of vaccination to enter many New York City indoor activities such as restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms—including some on Columbia's campuses. Look for the signs!

September 10, 2021

Whether you're a university venue that is open to the public or just a Columbian looking to enjoy all that the city has to offer, please know that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's Emergency Executive Order, “Key to NYC" program, which has been in affect since August 17, will be enforced starting on Monday, September 13. 

This means that proof of vaccination to enter many New York City indoor activities such as restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms will be required, and this includes many venues on campus. Indeed, some of your favorite haunts—including Lions football games at Baker Field—will now be required to post this sign or a similar one in a conspicuous place that is viewable by prospective patrons prior to entering certain indoor entertainment, recreation, food services, gym, and fitness premises where vaccines are now required. The sign is designed to alert patrons to the vaccination requirement and inform them that employees and patrons are required to be vaccinated. 

Columbia affiliates should bear in mind that a ReOpen CU green pass does not meet the "Key to NYC" requirements and that individuals with approved religious or medical exemptions can not access these specific facilities.