Through the color of law, New York’s embattled governor Andrew Cuomo is pressuring private businesses not to allow entry of customers who hadn’t taken the Covid-19 shot.
Cuomo, who infamously forced nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients which, of course, led to an increase in cases and fatalities, is asking private businesses to run “vaccinated-only” establishments.
“Private businesses… I am asking them, and suggesting to them [that they] go to vaccine only admission,” he said. “I believe it’s in your business interest to run a vaccine-only establishment.”
I encourage private businesses like restaurants & stadiums to switch to vaccine-only admission.
If you say to people, “If you don't have a vaccine, you can't get into these establishments”—then you'll see a real incentive to get vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/uUIkE7VkHT
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 2, 2021
Expect other Democratically-ran states to make similar demands, as Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and others tend to go lockstep with each other.
“Clearly, Cuomo – who managed to survive twin scandals involving lying about the number of deaths in NY State’s nursing homes and sexually harassing a platoon of aids (and wedding guests) – sees Delta as an opportunity to burnish his reputation as a leader,” Zero Hedge stated. “Though we doubt the legislature will return to him the unilateral powers that enabled Cuomo to choke the state’s economy with some of the most restrictive rules in the country.”
Notably, Cuomo isn’t welding government power to force businesses to do so, rather he’s merely asking them, which gives him room to distance himself politically from the fallout.