Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that all private businesses should mandate vaccine-only admissions just months after raising doubt about the safety of the vaccine.
“Private businesses, I am asking them, and suggesting to them, go to vaccine-only admission,” Cuomo told reporters. “Go to vaccine only admission.”
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says private businesses, including stadiums and restaurants, should switch to “vaccine-only admission”
“If you say to people, ‘Well, if you don’t have a vaccine, you can’t get into these establishments,’ then you’ll see a real incentive to get vaccinated” pic.twitter.com/mQt6L7m4sH
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“We did this, Radio City Musical 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 is 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. (RELATED: De Blasio Says ‘Voluntary Phase Is Over’ On Vaccines)
“I believe it is in your business interest to run a vaccine-only establishment,” he continued. “We have passes … you can operate a restaurant and just say ‘you have to show that you were vaccinated’ when you walk into the door. It’s going to help your business, not hurt it.”
Cuomo already announced that New York would be mandating vaccinations or testing for all state employees beginning Sept. 1.
Approximately 57.1% of all New York residents are fully vaccinated while 63.1% of the state population has received at least one vaccine dose, according to data.
Although Cuomo is urging private businesses to “run a vaccine-only establishment,” just months ago the governor said Americans are rightfully skeptical of the vaccine.
“You’re going to say to the American people now ‘here’s a vaccine, it was new, it was done quickly, but trust this federal administration and their health administration that it’s safe?’ I think it’s going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine and it should be,” he said at the time.