Enforcement of NYC's Vaccine Mandate for Children 5-11 to Eat in Public Already Appearing on Social Media

On Monday, New York City changed for children ages 5-11 years old. They are now required to show proof of a COVID vaccine to enjoy most public activities. 

New York City’s “Key to NYC” vaccine mandate expanded to children under 12. Children ages five and up now need to prove they’ve received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine to enter most businesses in the city. This restriction includes restaurants, theaters, gyms and more. 

The rule also expanded Monday to require anyone over the age of 12 to show proof of a complete two-dose vaccination.

A video circulating on social media Tuesday morning appears to depict an NYPD Strategic Response Group attempting to eject a family from an Applebee’s in Queens Center. The family, which included young children, did not provide proof of vaccination.