Restaurants sue to end Covid-19 vaccination mandate in New York – .

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Restaurants sue to end Covid-19 vaccination mandate in New York – .


A group of small businesses is suing New York City, hoping to end the city’s nation’s first vaccination mandate for restaurants, gyms and other indoor public places.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the Richmond County Supreme Court, has the support of prominent Republican elected officials, including Representative Nicole Malliotakis and Joe Borelli, a member of city council; both represent Staten Island.

The city requires customers and employees of restaurants and some other businesses to show proof of vaccination. Complainants say the city is unfairly targeting businesses struggling during the pandemic and that there should be exemptions for people with certain medical conditions or religious beliefs.

Mayor Bill de Blasio argued that the vaccine’s mandate and other measures are needed to curb a troubling increase in coronavirus cases, due in part to the more contagious Delta variant, and to encourage more New Yorkers to to get vaccinated. New cases in the city have reached an average of more than 1,700 per day, up from around 250 per day in early July. About 68 percent of the city’s adult residents are fully immunized.

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