Once New York City vaccination regulations go into effect in restaurants, bars and gyms, some local restaurant owners are suing to put them down as the requirements would do too much damage to their business.
Evidence of Mayor Bill de Blasio's vaccination order is "arbitrary, irrational, unscientific and illegal," according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday by plaintiffs from small business owners, including two restaurants, a bakery, a personal training studio and the Independent Restaurant Owners Association Rescue, one Representation of interests group.
Earlier this month, New York City became the first major metropolis to announce vaccination regulations for customers in certain facilities, including indoor restaurants, bars, and gyms. Previously, some bars and restaurants had already made a decision to ask customers for evidence.
Since New York City revealed its rules, cities like New Orleans and San Francisco have announced their own similar ordinances.
The New York City rules – which require proof of at least one trick – went into effect on August 17th, and enforcement will begin on September 13th.
By demanding evidence in drinking halls, restaurants and gyms, the city is keeping some businesses to a stricter standard than others, the lawsuit said.
Other commercial businesses like grocery stores and hair salons don't need to ask customers and workers for proof of vaccination, the filing says.
The lawsuit is a courtroom test for a new way to encourage vaccination and combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Judges have already ruled that employers and universities can require vaccinations for work or attendance on campus. Last week, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett refused to block Indiana University's vaccination mandate for students and employees.
"I've had the interview with the legal department and I'm very confident that we are in a very strong legal position," said de Blasio on Wednesday when asked about the lawsuit filed with the Staten Island State Court.
Representatives of the plaintiffs were not immediately available for comment.
According to Ted Long, executive director of the city's testing and contact tracking efforts, 75% of all adult New Yorkers received at least one of the COVID-19 vaccine shots on Wednesday.
Just over 72% of the country's adult population have at least one dose and 61.8% are fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.