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Restaurant owners sue New York City, de Blasio over vaccine rules
New York restaurant owners worry vaccine mandates will hurt business
Ken Tirado, owner of Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, on the impact of New York City’s vaccine mandate for indoor activities.
A group of New York restaurant and gym owners on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio over the city's COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
De Blasio on Monday issued an executive order requiring patrons and employees of indoor restaurants, fitness and entertainment facilities to show proof of vaccination with either a paper certificate provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or New York State's "Excelsior" pass app championed by outgoing Gov. Andrew Cuomo over delta variant concerns.
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The petition led by the Independent Restaurant Owners Association Rescue and filed in the New York Supreme Court condemns the city's vaccine mandate for indoor restaurants as "arbitrary, irrational unscientific, and unlawful."
"We're representing the restaurants, the gym owners — any small businesses affected by this mandate," attorney Louis Gelormino, who is representing plaintiffs in the suit, told Fox News. "What we're looking for is a permanent injunction against the mandate to test people as they walk into restaurants and gyms or require [proof of] vaccination."