Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

New York City’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues is going so well that only 15 businesses have been fined for not enforcing the policy, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

De Blasio said the high level of compliance with the vaccine mandate, which was announced last summer and has been enforced since September 13, shows that “the vast, vast, vast majority of restaurants and all the other companies say,“ Yes we are we go to work with this, we make it work for our employees, for our customers, keep everyone safe. ‘There are very few who stand apart. ”

The mandate requires staff in places where people gather to check for evidence of vaccination.

Jonnel Doris, the city’s commissioner for small business services, said the city has conducted more than 31,000 inspections since enforcement of the vaccination mandate began a month ago and has issued about 6,000 warnings. Most of the companies that received warnings made the necessary changes, Doris said, “and that’s how we ended up with only about 15 actual violations.”

Andrew Rigie, CEO 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 is crucial that the city continues to focus on outreach. , education and compliance first and issue fines to small businesses only as a last resort. ”

The 15 companies that failed to comply after being warned were each fined $ 1,000, City Hall spokesman Mitch Schwartz said. They have the right to complain about the fines.

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