Fox News host Bill Hemmer said he walked out of a New York City restaurant after staff asked him too many questions about his proof of vaccination, which has been required since mid- August.
“I walked into the restaurant three weeks ago and they said, ‘Sir, can I see your vaccination record? I said, ‘I don’t have my vaccination card, but I have the app. I downloaded it and showed it to them, ”Hemmer said on Monday.
Staff then asked Hemmer for further identification.
“I said here my Amex, here is my Visa,” the host continued.
Eventually, when asked for photo ID, Anchor Fox left.
“I turned and walked out,” Mr. Hemmer said. “I said, ‘You can have it. Good luck.’ The joint was empty.
New York City began enforcing the rules on Monday require all persons aged 12 and over to present proof of at least one Covid shot before eating and drinking inside.
The new rules apply everywhere with sit-down food service – restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels, malls, grocery stores, universities – and result in a $ 1,000 fine for businesses that ignore them.
Employees of these establishments must also be vaccinated and may be dismissed for refusal. Cities like San Francisco have similar policies, while Florida has the opposite: Earlier this year, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination, resulting in fines of up to ‘to $ 5,000.
Fox himself has a mixed record when it comes to the vaccine. Many of its more high-profile hosts routinely cast doubts on the need for public health measures such as lockdowns and vaccine requirements, and have given airtime to pseudoscientific Covid remedies like the ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, while others, like Hemmer, have publicly promoted their vaccination status and encouraged others to join them.
Although some of his biggest stars like Tucker carlson and Jeanine Pirro continue to promote vaccine skepticism, the network has attempted to convince people to get vaccinated, a difficult task as the pandemic has been politicized and many right-wing leaders have denounced the measures to life-saving public health as violations of liberty.
The network launched a pro-vaccine PSA in February urging viewers to “keep fighting” the virus, and another in July, and some of his most senior figures have publicly supported the treatment.
“If you have the chance, pull yourself away, it will save your life”, Fox and his friends Host Steve Doocy said during a segment, where he sought to debunk the misinformation about the vaccine. “The misinformation is online: the vaccine kills a lot and a lot of people or it changes your DNA or there are little chips. None of this is true, ”he added.
The campaign appears to be working, as Fox viewers said in an August poll on their vaccine. hesitation has decreased.
Despite its outward stance, with hosts like Tucker Carlson calling the vaccine requirements racially segregated “Jim Crow,” Fox News has something akin to a vaccine passport system itself.
Employees can voluntarily disclose their vaccination status, allowing them to bypass the required regular health check-ups.
President Joe Biden mentioned Fox last week when he announced his own new set of vaccine rules. He will ask the Ministry of Labor’s occupational health and safety agency to issue emergency rules requiring companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccination or regular testing.
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