Kids under 12 excused from NYC’s new indoor vax rules, de Blasio says

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New York City’s upcoming ban on indoor dining for unvaccinated people does not include kids under 12, who are currently too young to be jabbed, Mayor Bill de Blasio clarified Tuesday.

The mayor said that will be one exception to his mandate, announced Tuesday, that all patrons of bars, eateries, gyms and movie theaters must show proof of vaccination to enter starting next month.

“If you’re going out with your whole family and your kids are not yet vaccination age, of course they can come along,” de Blasio said during his daily press briefing. 

Coronavirus vaccines have not yet been authorized for children under 12 years old, which left an open question after de Blasio’s initial announcement of whether or not young kids would be allowed inside restaurants and other venues.

On Wednesday, the mayor said that children will be able to join their parents for movies and indoor dining if they wear a mask when not eating.

“We welcome kids, of course, to restaurants and movie theaters, etc. Wear a mask, that’s a smart thing to do,” he said on CBS Wednesday morning. “And hopefully sooner, five to-11-year-olds will be eligible for vaccination on top of that, but we don’t want to separate families, we want families to enjoy stuff together.”

De Blasio previously said the policy — aimed at encouraging vaccinations and curbing the spread of COVID-19’s Delta variant — will be finalized the week of Aug. 13, when the trial period for the “Key to NYC” system will begin ahead of enforcement of the rule beginning in September.

“It’s time for people to see vaccination as necessary to living a good and full and healthy life,” he said Tuesday morning during his press conference. “If you want to participate in society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated.”

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