Statement from State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on New York City Vaccine Card Requirement

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Statement from State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on New York City Vaccine Card Requirement

August 4, 2021

“Mayor Bill de Blasio’s punitive and impractical vaccine card requirement for entering restaurants and theaters is bound to create confusion and hostility among New Yorkers and the businesses that serve them.  Civil liberties aside — and there are serious issues at stake here — vaccine cards are easily forgeable and shop owners can’t be expected to be able to verify them. The expense of hiring extra personnel to check cards, moreover, is more than many of these restaurants can financially endure.

“The mayor’s plan also defies logic: if both vaccinated and unvaccinated New Yorkers can pass along Covid-19 to others, what would this plan accomplish other than punish New Yorkers who choose not to be vaccinated?

“New Yorkers can also expect the de Blasio plan to creep into all areas of private business. What’s starting at restaurants and theaters may soon logically expand into every type of shop and office. Inside space is inside space, no? Do we really want to live that way?

“Underage New Yorkers used to flock to underground shops in Times Square and other places to buy fake paper driver’s licenses to get them into bars. Next, entrepreneurs will be selling fake vaccine cards — guaranteed.

“This is an ill-conceived idea that will put an unworkable burden on businesses, drive a wedge between city residents, and kickstart new underground forgery businesses. New York doesn’t want any of those things. Mayor de Blasio should scrap this plan before it begins.”

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