New York City Mayor Eric Adams claimed Tuesday that the city’s sports franchises, consisting of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, New York Yankees, and New York Mets, will need to hold off until their time comes for a potential rollback of the city’s Covid-19 vaccination mandates for private companies.
During a press conference announcing that the city would certainly make masking optional for day care students in between the ages of 2 as well as four starting next month– contingent upon the city’s Covid rates remaining the same– he recognized that the city is “going to take some complaints” over its Covid-19 vaccination mandate, which has kept some players from being able to compete.
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) March 22, 2022
“But when this is all said and done, people are going to realize this is a thoughtful administration and we got it right,” he said. “So baseball, basketball, businesses, all of those things, they have to wait until that layer comes.”
The requirement prohibits staff members from operating in an office, or players from competing with their teams, if they are not immunized against Covid-19.
The policy has notably kept the Nets’ player Kyrie Irving sidelined from playing any games in New York City this season.
“We’re going to do it in the right way,” Adams said. “We’re going to follow the science . . . we’re going to make the right decision. And in New York, no matter what you do, this is 8.8 million people and 30 million opinions, so you’re never going to satisfy New Yorkers, so you must go with the logic, your heart and the science.”
The city’s professional sports teams have actually been waiting on a modification in the mandates as a series of essential sports events are slated for following month: The Yankees’ home opener is set up for April 7, the NBA play-in competition starts April 12, and the Mets’ home opener is April 15, according to ESPN.
Adams stated he doesn’t “feel any pressure” from the sports teams “because I’m going to do what’s right.”
“We’re going to slowly peel back, as I stated over and over again, we’re going to do it layer by layer and each layer we peel back we’re going to do an analysis: ‘Are we okay?’” Adams said. “And if we have to pivot and shift and come back here in a week and say we’re going to do something different, we’re going to do that. I’m not going to hesitate to say this is where the numbers are taking us, this is where the science is and this is what we’re going to do. Because I’m not going to only view this from where we are in the crisis, I see myself out of crisis.”
Adams then went on to claim bafflingly that many the city’s businesses “love the mandates.”
“When I speak to a lot of my businesses, getting people back in the office, that mandate is allowing them to feel safe in the office for those who feel that they would rather the vaccine mandate to be in place,” he said. “But again, we’re going to do it in layers, and when we feel it’s the right time to look at that, if we do so at all, because the work environment is an important environment, we’re going to make that determination. We’re not there yet.”
The city’s health commissioner, Ashwin Vasan, claimed that officials intend to watch on the instance trends over the following two weeks before providing a decision on the required. Vasan noted cases have been on the rise in current days; the city has actually seen a 50 percent rise in its infection rate over the previous week.
H/T National Review