When politicians around the country enforced COVID lockdowns last year, countless small businesses went under and the economy suffered significantly.
Now, a new form of COVID requirement is coming into focus, and small businesses are saying the Democrats behind it are putting them out of business, again.
Restaurant owners have filed a lawsuit against New York City after the city put in place a new authoritarian rule requiring residents to have a proof of vaccination just to go inside a gym or restaurant.
The business owners say they will not be able to recover from the financial fallout of this mandate.
“This vaccine mandate is arbitrary and capricious due to the fact that it targets certain establishments but not others,” said the businesses, led by the Independent Restaurant Owners Association Rescue.
The mayor has remained steadfast so far.
“If you don’t get vaccinated, you’re going to get left out of a lot of things,” Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened when announcing the city’s requirement.
The lawsuit has countered saying it is unfair because “it targets certain establishments but not others with no rational what so ever.”
Whether they can win the case and defend their businesses remains to be seen.
Irene Siderakis, who owns Kellogg’s Diner in Brooklyn, has also sued the mayor saying her whole family is at risk because of the mandate.
“We’re suing Mayor de Blasio because he’s not letting me run my business with all the rights that I have,” Siderakis told ‘Fox & Friends.’ “I already have a $1.4 million judgment against me from the first mandates that our governor and our mayor put on us the first time around, and now this. They’re breaking me. I feel like I don’t have the right to feed my children. I feel fear that this mayor has just put danger in my life.”