KEY POINTS
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is asking private businesses such as bars and restaurants to require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 as a condition for admission.
  • "I believe it is in your best interest," he said.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City, April 23, 2021.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he is asking private businesses such as bars and restaurants to require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 as a condition for admission.

The number of daily Covid cases in New York has increased "four-fold" to more than 2,000 cases over the past month as the highly contagious delta variant spreads, Cuomo said during a news conference. Data shows fully vaccinated individuals are less likely to catch, get infected with the virus or suffer from severe disease, he said.