August 19, 2021

Proof of COVID Vaccination for Indoor Activities – NYS Excelsior Plus Pass and NYC COVID Safe App

As you may know, Mayor de Blasio announced that NYC will require proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine for customers and workers at public-facing businesses including indoor dining, gym, performance, and entertainment establishments starting August 17th. Inspections and enforcement will begin the week of September 13. This does not apply to non-public facing businesses such as manufacturers, fabricators, and warehouses.

Starting August 17th, staff and customers age 12 and older will be required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for:

Indoor entertainment  

  • Movie theaters
  • Music and concert venues
  • Museums & galleries
  • Aquariums & zoos
  • Professional sports arenas
  • Indoor stadiums
  • Convention centers
  • Exhibition halls
  • Performing arts theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Pool & billiard halls
  • Recreational game centers
  • Adult entertainment
  • Indoor play areas

Indoor dining  

  • Restaurants
  • Catering halls
  • Hotel banquet rooms
  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Cafeterias
  • Grocery stores with indoor dining
  • Coffee shops
  • Fast food/quick service with indoor dining

Indoor fitness  

  • Gyms
  • Fitness centers
  • Fitness classes
  • Pools
  • Indoor studios
  • Dance studios

To show proof of vaccination, workers and patrons can show a paper vaccination card, the Excelsior pass, the NYC COVID Safe app, or a photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac. The NYS Excelsior Plus Pass accesses the NYS vaccine database and creates a QR code that can be scanned by a venue. You are also able to upload proof of a negative test. The NYC COVID Safe app stores a photo of your ID as well as a photo of your paper vaccination card. You are also able to upload a photo of a negative test.

To download the Excelsior Plus Pass visit:

To download the NYC COVID Safe App visit:

Evergreen will be closely following any changes or updates and will get back to you with more details on the rollout as they come out.  At present, we do not know about enforcement, fine amounts, and other regulations. We hope to learn more soon.

If you or your staff need to get vaccinated, please visit to find a vaccine near you.

If you have any questions please contact Leah Archibald.