That will apply to Nets Basketball player Kyrie Erving and Mets and Yankees players that will not get covid shots…..
They will be able to play in New York City events…
The Mayor is probably going to have drop the mandate for other businesses/workers…
The city could be on the end of lawsuits by those fired becuase they did not get vaccinated and where not high paid sports figures….
The mayor is going to let Kyrie play.
Nets star Kyrie Irving and other unvaccinated athletes will get a special exemption from New York City’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for private employers and be allowed to compete under a new policy Mayor Eric Adams is set to announce today, our Sally Goldenberg reports. When the Yankees and the Mets take the field for opening day next month, their unvaccinated members won’t be blocked from competition — removing a potential hurdle for players like Aaron Judge.
Adams is planning to lift the vaccine mandate specifically for performers and athletes in New York City venues, while leaving it in place for other workers. He has been facing pressure from random hecklers and professional lobbyists alike: The Parkside Group and former City Council Speaker Corey Johnson are among those lobbying City Hall on behalf of the Nets, Sally reports. And the Mets are owned by Steve Cohen, who donated $1.5 million to a political action committee backing Adams in the Democratic primary last year.
The mayor previously said he did not want to make exceptions for wealthy athletes because it would send the wrong message. So much for that. He also said he thought it was unfair that unvaccinated out of town athletes were allowed to play under a previous exception while hometown players were barred, and has been steadily rolling back pandemic restrictions.
Adams recently fired more than 1,400 teachers, sanitation workers, housing employees and cops for failing to get the shot. An unknown number of private sector employees have also gotten pink slips.
Jay Varma, the chief pandemic adviser to former Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the reversal does indeed blow things up — and leaves the city vulnerable to lawsuits that could tank the vaccine mandate for everyone. “Basically it sends a message that this is an arbitrary rule — that if you’re rich enough and powerful enough and high-profile enough, that you don’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else,” he said….