Democratic Mayor Being Sued After Issuing Vaccine Mandate

( – On August 16, New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio issued Emergency Executive Order 225. The order mandates all workers and customers at “indoor entertainment, recreation, dining and fitness settings” to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. A group of these businesses filed a lawsuit against De Blasio in a Staten Island court.

The order calls for a $1,000 fine on the first offense. A second violation within 12 months will cost businesses $2,000, and any breaches within 12 months of that date will result in a $5,000 fine per violation.

Named plaintiffs DeLuca’s Italian Restaurant and Staten Island Judo Jujitsu said the order threatens the businesses and the livelihoods of the people who work there. They described it as “arbitrary, irrational, unscientific, and unlawful.”

The lawsuit also claims the order is unfair because it doesn’t apply to grocery stores, schools, and other establishments.

Separate from the court case, the executive order could impact certain racial groups. As of August 22, for example, only 33% of black New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, which could disproportionately deny them access to services.

The mayor’s office says the executive order is strictly a health-related issue related to the rise in Delta variant infections. However, one of De Blasio’s intended goals is to “incentivize vaccinations” among people who want to visit these establishments.

Since COVID-19 vaccinations became available, there’s been extensive, heated debate over how much involvement government entities should have in private health decisions. Should cities, states, or the federal government have the authority to force citizens to get vaccinated in order to access goods and services?

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