New York City’s proof-of-vaccination policy went into effect earlier this month
Demonstrators gathered at the Staten Island Food Court on Saturday to protest New York City’s mandate that residents were required to show proof of vaccination to dine at restaurants.
Video shot by freelance journalist Olia Scootercaster shows a diverse crowd of masked people inside a food court at the Staten Island Mall.
Many people can be seen wearing Trump’s stuff. A man waves the American flag while the crowd chants, “USA! USA!”
“Everybody, go eat! That’s what we’re here to do!” One of the protesters shouts.
Once seated in the dining area, the crowd chants, “F—Joe Biden!” and “My body! my choice!”
One woman protester said, “We shouldn’t take papers and show them because we live in America. We are a free country.” said Scootercaster in an interview.
“I don’t like experiments,” waving an American flag said Scooter caster. “Whatever happened to my body, my choice?”
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New York City residents and visitors are required to show proof of vaccination for indoor meals, gyms, and shows.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio called the city the first in the country to take this approach. The city introduced the policy – called “”key to nyc“- on 16 August and started implementing it on 13 September.
Scootercaster posted a follow-up video on Sunday, accusing him of reporting on the initial video. She said the mob did not breach security as some outlets had reported.
He said protesters were not asked to show vaccine cards, while there was a sign at the entrance stating its need.
John Maitland, 36, who organized the demonstration and runs the Instagram page “We the People Are the News,” told Granthshala News that the purpose of the protest was to show people that the vaccine mandate was not being implemented.
“There were multiple levels of what we were achieving,” Maitland said. “We were stimulating the economy of the mall, people were going to shop later if they wanted to. But, specifically, the food court would be getting an influx of money and support. We’ll prove you don’t enforce it. Can. And there’s no way with a legal position to do that. And we were showing that if people walked in, sat down, they wouldn’t really be stopped. Which we weren’t.”
Granthshala News has reached out to Brookfield Properties, the property owner of the Staten Island Mall and will update accordingly.
Granthshala Business’ Brooke Levitas contributed to this report.