Some restaurants in Manhattan still do not enforce the vaccination mandate, reports find

Some restaurants in Manhattan still do not enforce the vaccination mandate, reports find

Eleven out of 15 restaurants in Manhattan do not enforce the vaccination mandate

City officials began enforcing New York City’s vaccination mandate earlier this week, but some restaurants in Manhattan have yet to get on board, according to a recent segment from Inside Edition. Producers of the TV show stopped in 15 Manhattan restaurants this week and claimed to have no evidence of vaccination. All but four put them indoors.

The city’s vaccination mandate – which requires restaurants, bars and other indoor venues to check their customers for evidence of vaccination – went into effect on August 16, enforcing the program, which officially began earlier in the week. However, some restaurateurs, especially those operating in neighborhoods with lower vaccination rates, have expressed their reluctance to enforce the program due to lost business and extra labor.

The program is enforced by inspectors from 13 city agencies, whose focus will reportedly be on onboarding – not fines – restaurants to start. “No one is starting this with the intent to fine,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Sept. 9 news conference. “We just want people to be safe.” Restaurants that violate the mandate will ultimately be fined at least $ 1,000 for a first offense, $ 2,000 for a second offense, and $ 5,000 for a third offense.

In other news

– Five years after opening in the East Village, Ruffian is expanding into a neighboring building previously occupied by Big Gay Ice Cream. The next door room, which houses a bar and 15 extra seats, opens on September 24th.

– The acclaimed Hudson Yards bistro, Tavern reopens this week with a new chef. The restaurant, which New York Times critic Pete Wells described as “better than it should be”, is now led by Linda Luo, an alum from Danny Meyer’s Intersect of Lexus.

-Hooni Kim, the chef behind the Theater District’s once Michelin-starred restaurant Danji, opens a Korean market and a restaurant in Long Island City. The premises, called Little Banchan Shop and Meju, open at 5-28 49th Avenue early next year.

– Jackson Heights ceviche spot Marisco’s El Submarino offers “lots of seafood for not a lot of money,” Gothamist finds.

– That New Yorker visit CheLi, a lively and somewhat “erratic” exploration of Shanghainese cuisine.

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