New York City business owners speak out against new vaccine mandate for children: We are ‘not the vaccine police’

Two business owners in New York City spoke out against Big Apple’s vaccine mandates for children on Wednesday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” arguing that companies are suffering as a result of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new demands.

“The bars and restaurants, the hospitality industry, are not the vaccine police for the mayor,” said NYC Festival Cafe owner Tyler Hollinger. “We are not compensated in any way, shape or form – and the real victims here are the companies.”

Hollinger said it is “crazy” for businesses to expect to kick children and families out of businesses, especially during the holiday season, when tourists pay exorbitant prices for travel and lodging to stay in the city.

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Jeremy Wladis, chairman of Restaurant Group, said companies that do not cooperate can be fined and eventually shut down. He called some of the current policies “unfair” and “ridiculous” and essentially forced shops to be their own bouncers and doormen.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends the opening of a Broadway workers' vaccination center in Times Square on April 12, 2021 in New York City.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends the opening of a Broadway workers’ vaccination center in Times Square on April 12, 2021 in New York City.
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Wladis added that he understands the importance of getting everyone vaccinated, but suggested that such requirements should be done within a time frame that works for small businesses, large corporations and the people of NYC.

NYC began enforcing new vaccine mandates on Dec. 27, just days after Christmas. The new requirements set by Mayor de Blasio stipulate that restaurants, fitness facilities, cinemas, museums, aquariums, zoos, bowling alleys and more must ask for proof of vaccination for children as young as five years old.

Vaccine Mandate Sign at Burger King Fast Food Restaurant, Queens, New York.

Vaccine Mandate Sign at Burger King Fast Food Restaurant, Queens, New York.
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On Tuesday, the mayor dismissed concerns that the new mandates would affect small businesses, saying, “While I always appreciate any concern if people in the restaurant community have a concern, if some of our visitors have concerns, I naturally appreciate it. “We want to be responsive in every way.”

“But in the end, the number one job is to protect people,” de Blasio said.

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