Dozens of vaccine passport protesters have taken to a New York food court. Although the court has a vaccination-only policy, protesters were not asked to provide any proof of vaccination.
A crowd of about 60 people stormed the Food District of the Staten Island Mall on Saturday to protest New York City’s vaccination mandate. A video shared by FreedomNewsTV shows activists flooding the food court without any resistance from security or staff despite a sign at the entrance warning diners they must be vaccinated to enter the courtyard. The demonstrators then settle down, sometimes indulging in chants of “UNITED STATES!” and “F * ck Joe Biden”.
FreedomNewsTV reported that activists “Ate more than 30 minutes” unimpeded before leaving. At one point, the protesters chanted “My body – my choice” and recited the pledge of allegiance. Court workers and other visitors did not seem to mind the signage.
At least one protester in the video could be seen donning a QAnon-themed t-shirt, while another activist sported a ‘Trump won’ t-shirt.
The scene was in stark contrast to that which took place outside an Italian restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side on Monday night, where three women from Texas were arrested for assaulting a hostess who was trying to enforce the rules of the vaccination pass.
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Since mid-August, New Yorkers have to prove that they received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to dine indoors. Residents can either bring a vaccination card with them or show its digital copy. By introducing this policy, New York became the first major city in the United States to make proof of vaccination a requirement for people who wish to participate in most indoor activities under its “The Key to New York” program.
The restrictions drew sharp criticism from conservatives and also from workers’ unions, saying the rules are discriminatory. In a victory for warrants opponents, a federal appeals court on Saturday blocked a Covid-19 vaccine warrant for city school employees, pending a decision by a panel of three judges on its legality. Unfazed by the setback, city officials said they expected the mandate, which requires school workers to have at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by Monday, to be met and will apply it anyway.
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