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The future mayor of New York, Eric Adams, says he will keep the outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate to visit businesses in place when he is sworn in on New Year’s Eve.
“We will keep it in place,” Adams said said at a news conference Thursday when asked about de Blasio’s controversial coronavirus vaccine mandate. “We spoke to our business leaders today to tell them we want to keep it in place.”
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Adams continued: “This virus is always on the move. While we continue to look at the evolution of this virus, there will be moments where we can change some of the mandates. I would love to get to the day when we do not get children wearing masks in schools when we do not want families who need to sit in a restaurant or visit other places with the vaccine cards.We will make these adjustments based on what science tells us when we can remove some of the mandates And there there may come a time when a new variant emerges where we need to increase mandates, and so right now we want to maintain what has been put in place for business.. “
It was also announced at the press conference that Adams will leave de Blasio’s the private sector employee vaccine mandate in place, but will “focus on compliance, not punishment.”
In addition, Adams said New York Governor Kathy Hochul will be the one to determine vaccine mandates at the school and announced he will keep the city’s indoor mask mandate in place.
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“Keep our city open,” Adams said. “That’s the goal. We can not shut our city down again.”
Adams, a former New York City police chief, will take office in the wee hours of New Year’s Day to become the second black mayor of the nation’s most populous city.
New York’s elected mayor announced Wednesday that he would hold his oath ceremony in Times Square on Saturday, shortly after the traditional midnight ball game and among thousands of New Year’s Eve celebrants.
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“I am deeply humbled to officially take office on this iconic occasion and participate in the transfer of leadership, which is a cornerstone of our democracy,” Adams said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report