New York City Exempts Performers, Athletes From COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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New York City on March 24 exempted all performers and athletes from its private business COVID-19 vaccine mandate but is continuing to force all other workers to get a vaccine.

Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, announced the carveout at CitiField ahead of the New York Mets’ opening day.

Adams’s predecessor, Bill de Blasio, imposed a raft of mandates in 2021, including a private business vaccine mandate that contained an exemption for athletes and performers who were visiting the city.

Adams said he wanted to change the requirement after taking office in Jan. 1 but was told by health advisers to wait until COVID-19 cases were at a lower level. Cases are now at levels not seen since July 2021.

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