De Blasio’s mandate is discriminatory and un-American
A group of restaurant owners and five small businesses filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 17, against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over the city’s vaccine mandate targeting “certain establishments.” The lawsuit was filed in Richmond County Supreme Court.
“This vaccine mandate is arbitrary and capricious due to the fact that it targets certain establishments but not others,” wrote the plaintiffs, led by a group called the Independent Restaurant Owners Association Rescue. Max’s Esca, DeLuca’s Italian Restaurant, Pasticceria Rocco, Evolve-33 and Staten Island Judo Jujitsu were also listed as plaintiffs. They’re seeking a permanent injunction against the order.
Staten Island Judo Jujitsu Dojo owner Joseph Cannizzo said the executive order is a “death sentence” to small businesses.
“For some reason, gyms, restaurants, we’re always the ones that have to take on this social responsibility to keep people safe. It’s not our job,” Cannizzo said. “My chances of survival are slim to none with all the other mandates and restrictions that Mayor de Blasio has put on my studio. It’s a business death sentence.”
According to the lawsuit, the mandate will “severely impact” the owners’ businesses, life savings and livelihood.
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