Trying to convince citizens how seamlessly the vaccine mandate in NYC is progressing, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday said that only 15 businesses have been fined for not enforcing the policy.
Puzzled? You might as well be. According to de Blasio, the high rate of compliance with the vaccine mandate that was announced last summer and has been enforced since Sept. 13 shows that “the vast, vast, vast majority of restaurants and all the other businesses are saying, ‘Yes we’re going to work with this, we’re going to make it work for our employees, for our customers, keep everyone safe.’ Very few are standing apart.”
The 15 businesses were levied with a $1000 fine each, and have the right to appeal the fines. But several small business owners are not very happy with how things stand. Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, a restaurant industry group, said in a statement, “As we continue to work with restaurants and bars to help them implement the vaccine requirement, it’s critical that the city continues to focus on outreach, education, and compliance first, and issues fines to small businesses only as a last resort.”
New York’s vaccine mandate has also caused troubles for the medical industry, where staff shortages are severely gripping numerous nursing homes and hospitals across the city. And yet, all’s well in de Blasio’s world.