New York City Expected to Lift Vaccine Mandates for Athletes, Performers

New York City Expected to Lift Vaccine Mandates for Athletes, Performers

(ReliableNews.org) – New York City has some of the strictest COVID-19 mandates in the country. Until recently, residents and visitors had to show proof they were fully vaccinated before they were permitted to enter any business. Athletes and entertainers were still required to get the vaccine but the new mayor has made some changes.

On Thursday, March 23, Mayor Eric Adams (D) announced he signed an executive order exempting performers and professional athletes from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The decision means unvaccinated athletes like Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving will be able to play in their hometown once again. The basketball player has not been allowed to play at home for months due to the mandates.

Although Adams’ decision was great news for fans and athletes, it was incredibly controversial. The mayor left the vaccine mandate in place for the majority of employees in the private sector. He’s reportedly selling the executive order as being necessary for the economy. For the average people who are angry they still have to get vaccinated if they want to work in the city, he said some people aren’t going to agree with his decisions. But the Democrat said he wasn’t “elected to follow.” That’s likely a small comfort to the millions of workers in the city who still have to get the jab.

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