The debate over personal freedoms and economic impact related to the COVID mask mandates, vaccine requirements and economic shutdowns has reached a new level now that one major city is requiring vaccination to do basic tasks in their city.
New York City announced Tuesday that residents will have to offer proof of vaccination to enter gyms and restaurants. The move has sparked major controversy with critics saying it is government overreach gone wild.
“If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “If you want to participate in our society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated.”
The decision has led to sharp reactions.
“The NYC vaccine mandate has nothing to do with public health and everything to do with the tyrants seeing what will break your will,” said conservative personality John Cardillo on Twitter.
The mayor defended his decision amid the backlash. (Story Continues Below.)
“Look, I don’t think, when you think about the fact that everything we’re talking about essentially has some kind of way that people check in,” de Blasio said. “When you go to a restaurant, you go to a, you know, gym or fitness club, you know, just think about the different venues we’re talking about, a movie theater, there is always a place where someone takes the ticket, whatever it might be. So, adding a simple check to make sure that someone has valid vaccination, I don’t think that’s going to be overly cumbersome in the final analysis. But we do want to make sure it works and works well. So, we’re going to look at a variety of options to support businesses in that.”
Like other liberal governments, the city of New York has also made COVID vaccination a requirement of working for the city government.
“All persons newly hired for employment by any City agency must provide proof
of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to beginning their employment, except for those who obtain an exception due to medical or religious reasons through the reasonable accommodation process,” the city said. “Any person to whom this Order applies, who begins their employment after providing proof of having received only one dose in a 2-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine, will also be required to provide their City agency with proof of receipt of a second dose within 30 days of the
first dose. Failure to do so will result in termination.”