Outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said only professed rule breakers will get private-sector vaccine mandate penalties.
On Monday de Blasio revealed they will go easy on the business owners in the initial days of the implementation of his latest vaccine mandate.
De Blasio explained that city inspectors will adopt a teaching-first approach that prompts “rare” fines, comparing the strategy to City Hall’s enforcement of the indoor setting vaccine requirement, which produced few fines.
“We will give a penalty if someone flatly refuses, but that’s very rare. So our inspectors will be out there energetically but with the goal — educate and correct — [and] ideally avoid penalties,” de Blasio said.
He said the city’s enforcement of the coronavirus inoculation rule will be carried out with “an attitude of ‘Let’s make sure things are working for everyone’s health and safety,’ we’re not trying to do gotcha.
“We’re trying to make sure everything is moving forward,” de Blasio added.
The latest vaccine mandate announced on December 6, states that employers “may not allow any unvaccinated workers to come to their workplace.
Those who will violate this rule will get a fine of $1,000, and rise for repeat offenders.