NEW YORK CITY – Lifestyles forced on New Yorkers through restrictive coronavirus mandates are “not the way we should lead public life in this country,” warned a libertarian economist after seeing Big Apple shutdowns on its own.
Since the onset of the pandemic, New York City has taken dramatic steps to curb the spread of COVID-19. In March 2020, the then government. Andrew Cuomo ordered all unnecessary businesses to close across the country and had closed schools. Recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced the first vaccine mandate ever to all private sector employees in the city.
“Freedom is what made New York great, and now people are just making fun of it,” Brownstone Institute President Jeffrey Tucker said, referring to public figures who have rejected or mocked those who opposed vaccine mandates for personal reasons. freedom, to Fox News.
Tucker, who has been to New York countless times, was in town on March 12, 2020, when the first panic over the new coronavirus struck.
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“People just ran through the streets to get out,” he recalled. “Not because of the virus, but because of the fear restrictions.”
He traveled another trip months later, saying it seemed “as if a post-apocalyptic revival was happening.” He noticed fewer masks, more open businesses and city dwellers trying to return to normalcy.
But recently, Tucker traveled to New York in early December and was horrified.
“Being back now since the mandates, it’s a complete shock what has happened to the city,” he said, noting his first surprise when asked to show evidence of vaccination at a bar.
“You can not walk into any public building, any bar or restaurant, museum, library, anywhere without flashing your passport,” Tucker told Fox News.
Tucker called the claim, which de Blasio called the “Key to NYC Pass,” a “sadistic policy” that felt “degrading” and “un-American.” ISLANDnonly a handful of U.S. cities require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor establishments.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, New York City has implemented some of the most restrictive coronavirus-related mandates in the country. Earlier this month, de Blasio announced the vaccine mandate, which required all employees in the private sector to be at least partially vaccinated no later than 27 Dec.
“Today [is] a historic day in New York City, “he said Monday.” We are implementing the strongest vaccine mandate in the country, all private sector employers, today. “
“That’s what we need to do everywhere,” the outgoing mayor added. “Every mayor, every governor, every CEO in America should carry out vaccine mandates now, because 2022 must be the year we leave COVID review.”
New York is also one of the few cities that requires children five years of age and older to show proof of vaccination to enter many indoor establishments.
Tucker pointed out that the Legislature did not vote on any of these mandates.
“That’s not the way we should lead public life in this country,” he told Fox News. “You have a kind of extreme separation that’s evolving there in the city … and somehow it’s just lost on people what’s going on in New York.”
“Right now, the crime situation is really a very unstable situation,” Tucker said. “But what do the police do? They go from bars to restaurants and enforce, with very large fines, the vaccine passes.”
The city has conducted nearly 52,000 inspections since the policy began on September 13th. So far, 31 companies have been fined $ 1,000 for violations. Fines can reach $ 5,000 if a company does not comply with the mandate.
And a video that went viral recently showed New York police kicking a child and his family out of a restaurant because they did not have a vaccine card.
“We’ve lost our minds,” Tucker told Fox News.
Omicron cases rose in New York despite the restrictions, and that nearly 81% of the city has received at least one vaccine shot. In the midst of the outbreak of the new variant, mesh mandates were reintroduced and restrictions were tightened.
At least 1,000 restaurants in New York have closed since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Eater NY. In addition, the state of New York’s population fell by 319,020 or 1.6% between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“It’s like this machine that just devours the city with ever more control, ever more absurd levels of despotism,” Tucker said of the extended guidelines imposed by the political class and health officials.
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“Freedom is the answer to all these problems, including public health, including the virus,” he continued. “So if we just have to pretend we can not say that word, they have won. And it actually looks like they have won.”
Of the remaining New Yorkers, he said, “my concern is that there is a gradual attempt to somehow agree to the new normal there.”
“We really need to decide as a country and as a society what kind of world we want to live in,” Tucker told Fox News. “And I do not think this is it.”
Teny Sahakian is an Associate Producer / Writer for Fox News. Follow Teny on Twitter at @tenysahakian.