The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, April 23, 2021.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday he was urging private businesses like bars and restaurants to require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 as a condition of approval.
The number of daily Covid cases in New York “quadrupled” to more than 2,000 cases in the past month as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads, Cuomo said during a press conference. The data shows that fully vaccinated people are less likely to contract the virus, or develop serious illness, he said.
“I ask and suggest that they only be allowed to vaccinate,” he told reporters, referring to private companies. “I think it’s in your best interests.”
Infectious disease experts and public health officials fear that Covid cases – fueled by the Delta variant – could continue to rise in the fall season as Americans go back into the house and employers start moving workers back to the office.
To slow the spread of the virus, some companies are asking customers and their employees to provide proof of vaccination. On Friday, Disney said that all employees and non-union workers in the US must be fully vaccinated against Covid by the end of September.
Radio City Music Hall did this “months ago,” Cuomo said on Monday. “Reopened. Vaccine only. All shows sold out.”
Cuomo’s comments came the same day he announced a vaccine mandate for MTA and state port officials that would allow transport workers to get vaccinated by Labor Day or undergo weekly coronavirus tests. The mandate is similar to an order Cuomo issued last week in response to the swelling Delta variant for government hospital employees.