Leave it to radical left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to lead the charge in trying to shut off access to society for those unwilling to get vaccinated.
The Big Apple will become the first U.S. city to require proof of vaccination for both workers and customers at establishments featuring indoor dining, gyms and indoor concerts and performances, according to the New York Times.
The move comes as France passed a law Monday requiring a “health pass” showing proof of vaccination or a negative test to frequent restaurants, bars and to travel.
New York City workers are now required to get vaccinated or to face weekly testing, and Mayor de Blasio has offered a $100 vaccine incentive for the public.
Taking to social media, he didn’t beat around the bush about his intentions.
“If you want to participate in society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated. It’s time,” he tweeted, justifying the action by claiming it was “a lifesaving mandate to keep our city safe.”
If you want to participate in society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated. It’s time.
You’ll need proof of #COVID19 vaccination for indoor dining, indoor gyms, and indoor concerts and performances in New York City. This is a lifesaving mandate to keep our city safe. https://t.co/hIK99Z8M8A
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 3, 2021
In an appearance Friday on CNN, de Blasio was equally clear that he believes people will respond to government-sanctioned ostracization.
“What’s going to happen, bluntly, is that folks who are vaccinated are going to be able to experience all the things that they love in the life of this city and this country. And the folks who are not vaccinated are going to find that too many things that they want to do, they can’t do unless they’re vaccinated,” he declared. “That has to be the reality because people will respond to that.”
The mayor urged the private sector to get involved during an interview with
In an interview with WNYC radio, de Blasio pushed the private sector to establish vaccine mandates.
“If anyone is asking my advice, particularly large employers, move toward vaccine mandates now,’ he stated. “I urge every employer to go to any form of mandate that you’re comfortable with.”
On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged private businesses to implement a policy of allowing only those vaccinated to be allowed entry into their establishments, saying it’s “in your best business interest” to do so.
It’s unclear if he was taking his lead from de Blasio, a frequent critic of the governor.
“Private businesses, I am asking them and suggesting to them: Go to vaccine-only admission. Go to vaccine-only admission,” the Democrat said at a press briefing. “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% vaccine-only. Private businesses, bars, restaurants. Go to a vaccine-only admission. I believe it’s in your best business interest.”
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera was quick to praise de Blasio, taking to social media to say he was “inspired,” and hoped the punitive measure “spreads from coast to coast.”
Inspired. First thing Mayor de Blasio has done that I agree with. I hope it spreads from coast to coast. https://t.co/jvUAavTR5P
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 3, 2021
Others were less inspired. Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Guess my immunocompromised self is no longer welcome in the Big Apple. https://t.co/muFnmUg6YC
— Beverly Hallberg (@BeverlyHallberg) August 3, 2021
WHERE’S YOUR PAPERS?
That’s what this reminds me of
— 🌬 Yoruba Women (@YorubaWomen) August 3, 2021
and just Last week we learned the vaccine does little or nothing to stop the spread 🤦♂️
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) August 3, 2021
Under what law?? If voter ID is racist, what’s this?
“Show us your Papers” https://t.co/IU3HZE6pRm
— Robert Myers (@Rondo2) August 3, 2021
This is tyranny masked as care.
— Shireen Qudosi (@ShireenQudosi) August 3, 2021
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