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New York becomes first U.S. city to order COVID vaccines for restaurants, gyms

CoronavirusAug 03, 2021 08:10PM ET
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By Maria Caspani and Dan Whitcomb

NEW YORK (Reuters) -New York City will become the first major U.S. city to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday, as the nation grapples with the rapidly spreading Delta variant.

With vaccines widely available, political leaders were combating the latest surge in infections with shots and masks rather than ordering businesses to close and Americans to stay home as they did last year. (Graphic of U.S. cases) https://tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued a new 60-day moratorium on residential evictions in areas with high levels of COVID-19 cases, despite a Supreme Court ruling in June suggesting that such a move would require Congress to pass new legislation.

The U.S. government and several states, along with some hospitals and universities, already require employees to get inoculated. Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) on Tuesday became one of the largest private employers to require workers to be immunized to combat the virus that has killed over 600,000 in the country.

New York City's policy requires proof of at least one dose and will be enforced starting Sept. 13. Like mask mandates and last year's stay-at-home orders, the plan will likely meet stiff resistance.

In France, government imposition of a nationwide health passport proving vaccination has touched off large protests, often dispersed by police using tear gas.

Government vaccine passports are controversial among Americans as well, especially conservatives.

"It is time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good and full and healthy life," de Blasio, a Democrat, told a news conference.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is aiming to give full approval for the Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) COVID vaccine by early September, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing people involved in the effort.

Roughly 60% of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to city data. But certain areas, largely poor communities and communities of color, have much lower vaccination rates.

The city's announcement comes as cases surge nationwide. Florida and Louisiana have emerged as the latest hot spots, straining hospitals. (Graphic on hospitalizations) https://tmsnrt.rs/37mnCry

Florida and Louisiana are both reporting record numbers of hospitalized COVID patients, as one doctor warned of the "darkest days" yet.

More than 11,300 patients were hospitalized in Florida as of Tuesday, with COVID patients filling 22% of the state's hospital beds, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services https://healthdata.gov/dataset/COVID-19-Reported-Patient-Impact-and-Hospital-Capa/6xf2-c3ie. In highly vaccinated Vermont, 0.4% of its hospital beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.

L.A. COUNTY SEES SURGE

Louisiana was also dealing with one of the worst outbreaks in the nation, prompting Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, to order residents to wear masks again indoors.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County have nearly quadrupled in the last four weeks to 1,096 on Monday, the department of public health said. The percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus also climbed to 6.2%, up from 1.3% a month ago, according to department data.

To fight the spread in California, political leaders in eight San Francisco Bay Area counties this week reinstated mandatory indoor mask orders. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, late last month mandated all state employees to get vaccinated starting Aug. 2 or undergo COVID-19 testing at least once a week.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has taken the opposite stance. He issued an executive order last week barring schools from requiring face coverings, saying parents should make that decision for their children.

The Sunshine State claimed another grim record with the highest number of pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations -- 138 as of Tuesday, more than those recorded in Texas despite its larger population.

DeSantis defended the state's approach at a news conference on Tuesday.

"We're not shutting down. We're going to have schools open. We're protecting every Floridian's job in this state. We're protecting people's small businesses," DeSantis said

In Arkansas, another state were hospitalizations for COVID-19 have spiked, Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson said he will ask state legislators on Wednesday to provide an exception to a law that prohibits state and local governments, including school boards, from mandating masks.

The private sector, including many large U.S. companies, have also taken some steps in response to the Delta variant threat.

Detroit's Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union said on Tuesday they will reinstate requirements to wear masks at all U.S. plants, offices and warehouses beginning on Wednesday but are not requiring workers to be vaccinated.

Big Tech companies like Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)'s Google and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) have said all U.S. employees must get vaccinated to step into offices.

New York becomes first U.S. city to order COVID vaccines for restaurants, gyms
 

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Bob Collins
Bob Collins Aug 04, 2021 9:02AM ET
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Pray for the vaccinated daily.
Omar Biliyamin
Omar Biliyamin Aug 03, 2021 7:44PM ET
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Normal time to it
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Aug 03, 2021 2:43PM ET
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Wow, What about the dominion voting machines whistle blower, explain “all the tricks”, on video?
Ken Cox
Ken Cox Aug 03, 2021 1:53PM ET
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maybe this will cause a good well needed civil war, because it's going to push the people that doesn't want it to push back an the Democrats are not going to like it,
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Matt Goodwin
Matt Goodwin Aug 03, 2021 1:53PM ET
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Barani Krishnan little different culture here in America. The “do as your told” stuff hasnt ever worked, as Americans have proven throughout history. P.S. hospitals are filling up with fully vaccinated people too. The unvaccinated arent the problem. Write less, research more.
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Aug 03, 2021 1:53PM ET
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The number of vaccinated people in ER aren't worth the surface to scratch. Do you own research too and get vaccinated.
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Aug 03, 2021 1:53PM ET
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Barani Krishnan You are obviously a Marxist, Globalist, supporter of the New World Order of Neofeudalist Totalitarianism.
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Aug 03, 2021 1:53PM ET
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Barani Krishnan You are obviously a Marxist, Globalist, supporter of the New World Order of Neofeudalist Totalitarianism.
Matt Goodwin
Matt Goodwin Aug 03, 2021 1:53PM ET
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Barani Krishnan oh im glad to see its so easy for you to dismiss evidence contrary to the narrative you push. I did my own research which is why i dont have a knee jerk reaction to Covid. Let me guess, its the Delta variant causing all the new infections? Lol 99% of all covid tests cant differentiate Delta from original covid. But for some reason thats what journalists are running with, which is why nobody trusts them anymore.
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Aug 03, 2021 1:28PM ET
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Good way to save money by eating at home
Jose Cabreja
Jose Cabreja Aug 03, 2021 1:28PM ET
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🤣🤣🤣🔥
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Aug 03, 2021 12:58PM ET
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Democrats war on businesses continues.
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Aug 03, 2021 12:58PM ET
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zip up and get vaccinated
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Aug 03, 2021 12:58PM ET
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Barani Krishnan You are obviously a Marxist, Globalist, supporter of the New World Order of Neofeudalist Totalitarianism.
Scot House
Scot House Aug 03, 2021 12:56PM ET
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It would be nice to get a comment posted. Nazis are thick today
Scot House
Scot House Aug 03, 2021 12:56PM ET
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As i was saying. D Bo zo is a clo wn.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Aug 03, 2021 12:10PM ET
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restaurants where this is already in place are actually allowing ppl to submit to an antigen test the restaurants themselves provide, and you get access if you test negative.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Aug 03, 2021 12:07PM ET
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The aim is clear. Bankrupt the shizz out of restaurants and gyms
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Aug 03, 2021 12:07PM ET
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zip up and get vaccinated
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Aug 03, 2021 11:00AM ET
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NY has become Venezuela. Thank you Democrats. Dont forget cases in MA where loads of people are vaccinnated and yet re infected.
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Aug 03, 2021 11:00AM ET
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zip up and get vaccinated
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Aug 03, 2021 10:58AM ET
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Communism in America from NY mayor
Joe Bitman
Joe Bitman Aug 03, 2021 10:52AM ET
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Oh well i like cooking at home and my home gym is getting better equipped
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Aug 03, 2021 10:43AM ET
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Hmmm....Looks like the virus manufactured to create an environment suitable to the restructuring of social, political and economic power is mutating out of control.
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Aug 03, 2021 10:43AM ET
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zip up and get vaccinated
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Aug 03, 2021 10:43AM ET
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No, I won't be silenced! Especially not by a zombie with no communication skills.
Leo Mak
Leo Mak Aug 03, 2021 10:41AM ET
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this is what happens when you let the leftist socialists run your city/state
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Aug 03, 2021 10:41AM ET
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zip up and get vaccinated
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Aug 03, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Barani Krishnan You are obviously a Marxist, Globalist, supporter of the New World Order of Neofeudalist Totalitarianism.
Elvis Durant
Elvis Durant Aug 03, 2021 10:35AM ET
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proof of vaccination to go to a Restaurant?? haha. good one
Elvis Durant
Elvis Durant Aug 03, 2021 10:34AM ET
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great joke
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Aug 03, 2021 10:34AM ET
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zip up and get vaccinated
Jeff Pugliese
Jeffro Aug 03, 2021 10:34AM ET
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Barani Krishnan  Noting better to do than to keep spamming comments hey shiny head?
 
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