Cuomo pushes private businesses in NY to run ‘a vaccine-only establishment’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes that scores of New Yorkers who have refused to get vaccinated will face a “real incentive” if businesses begin requiring the jab for admission.

The Democrat governor urged private businesses to implement a new policy of allowing only those vaccinated against the coronavirus to be allowed entry into their establishments, saying it’s “in your best business interest” to do so.

As New York’s pandemic state of emergency expired in June and Cuomo’s emergency powers were scaled back months ago, the governor suggested at a press conference Monday that businesses and venues should switch to “vaccine-only admission” and should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on masks.

“Private businesses, I am asking them and suggesting to them: Go to vaccine-only admission. Go to vaccine-only admission,” Cuomo said. “We did this, Radio City Music Hall, months ago. Reopened, vaccine-only, sold out all the shows. Sports arenas. They went up to about 90 percent vaccine-only. Private businesses, bars, restaurants. Go to a vaccine-only admission. I believe it’s in your best business interest.”

“You know, if I go to a bar and I want to have a drink and I want to talk to the person next to me, I want to know that that person is vaccinated,” Cuomo continued.

“I believe it’s in your business interest to run a vaccine-only establishment,” he added, telling business owners it would be very “simple” to operate, telling customers “you have to show that you’re vaccinated when you walk in the door.”

“It’s going to help your business, not hurt it,” he claimed.

Cuomo’s remarks come amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the nation as the delta variant becomes the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S. The lawmaker, who wielded massive authority as his state responded to the pandemic last year, noted that businesses could have a major impact on the decision of New Yorkers to get vaccinated.

“If you say to people, ‘Well, if you don’t have a vaccine, you can’t get into these establishments,’ then you will see a real incentive to get vaccinated,” he said.

New York launched the Excelsior Pass, a vaccine passport, back in May. Cuomo contended that a “vaccination policy” would have to come under discussion as he did not think that a mask-wearing policy “is going to be enough.”

“What does that mean? Well, we’ve taken the first step … which is you either have to get a vaccine or a weekly test. That’s the first step, but it’s only the first. And that I believe we need to expand,” Cuomo said.

Last month, the governor announced a requirement for state employees to be vaccinated or be subject to weekly testing as of September.

Meanwhile, New York City’s leftist Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted that vaccines are the “whole ballgame” during a press briefing on Monday.

“We want to emphasize vaccinations, vaccinations. That is the whole ballgame,” the Democrat mayor said.

Cuomo’s latest take on vaccinations sparked heated backlash on Twitter.

Frieda Powers

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