NYC to lift Key2NYC mandate, but private sector still blocks Kyrie Irving from playing home games
New York City is set to drop vaccination requirements on March 7, Mayor Eric Adams announced Sunday. Individuals will no longer need to wear a mask or show proof of vaccination indoors after this date.
The decision is a step forward in allowing professional athletes who are not fully vaccinated – including Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving – to play home games. Private sector mandate still prevents Irving from doing so, town hall official Recount Athleticism Shams Charaniaalthough he can enter the Barclays Center as a spectator.
“New York City’s #COVID numbers continue to decline. As long as our indicators show a low level of risk and we don’t see any surprises this week, on Monday, March 7, we will also be removing vaccination requirements for Key2NYC – i.e. indoor dining, fitness and entertainment venues,” Adams said on social networks.
“We’re taking this week to give business owners time to adjust while we monitor the numbers to make sure we’re making the best public health decisions for the people of New York City.”
On Monday, Adams said he wanted to see Irving play at home at Barclays Center, but would not make an exception for the unvaccinated Nets guard because it would “send the wrong message” to other New York workers. .
“Look, I want Kyrie on the court,” Adams told CNBC. “There’s so much at stake here. And I’ve spoken with the team owner (Joseph Tsai). We want to find a way to get Kyrie on the pitch, but that’s a bigger issue.”
He added: “I can’t shut down my city again. It would send the wrong message just to have an exception for one player as we tell countless New York employees, ‘If you don’t follow the rules, you cannot be employed.'”
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