NYC COVID Mandate, All Employees Working In Private Companies Must Be Vaccinated – Some Restaurant Owners React

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio is seen on February 08
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New mandates may be in your area as the pandemic continues…

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced what he’s referring to as a “first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate” for private companies. All employees must be vaccinated and employers have until Dece,ber 27 to assure it.

With the new Omicron variant and people planning on gathering for the holidays, the mayor said he was “forced” to take a bold step, MSNBC reports. Businesses have three weeks to ensure all employees are vaccinated. Mayor de Blasio told the news outlet,

“We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike to really do something bold to stop a further growth of COVID and the dangers it’s causing to all of us.”

In addition, he also said, starting December 14, 5-11-year-old students must show proof of one vaccine dose to participate in high-risk extracurriculars, including sports, band, and dance.

ABC reports some restaurant workers weren’t happy about the mandate. Jeremy Wladis, in the food business, was worried by the change. “It’s going to make it difficult, without a doubt,” he said. “It may be a little fast. It may be a little strong. And as usual, it’s ‘get the restaurants to be the policeman.’ I mean, the vaccines just became available for children recently, and I can’t imagine all kids have had the opportunity to get vaccinated.”

Some wished this mandate was put in place later on. Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, said, “I don’t know what the exact difference would be of this smaller segment of the population to have this implemented now versus postponing it just a little bit,” he said.

Mayor de Blasio believes the new mandate will withstand legal challenges. He said, “We’ve been in court many times on a variety of issues, state court, federal court,” he said. “We have, every single time, been validated by the courts.”