Mayor Adams gives exemption green light for unvaccinated athletes, performers in New York City –

Mayor Eric Adams announced that all unvaccinated entertainers, including athletes, comedians, singers and dancers, will be allowed to perform in New York City during a press conference at Citi Field Thursday morning. He also said the exemption extends to all workers at the venues where these take place.

During the press conference, Mayor Adams emphasized the exemption didn’t just apply for professional athletes like Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets or any unvaccinated players on the Mets and Yankees. All the stadium workers who previously were unable to work due to their unvaccinated status would be able to do their jobs.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates during the second half with forward Kevin Durant and guard Patty Mills after scoring a career high 60 points against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Mayor Adams cited the economic opportunities for the city as a big reason why this group was prioritized for exemption. Unvaccinated people will be able to attend events, spending money that will help both the workers there and the city itself grow financially.

According to Adams, this exemption will help a lot with eliminating unemployment.

“Unemployment leads to economic unhealthiness of this city,” Adams said. “This is the first step toward economic recovery.”

This “nightlife industry,” was a big source of revenue for the city prior to the pandemic, according to Adams, who estimated the value as being around $35.1 billion.

The announcement of this executive order comes just two weeks before Opening Day of the MLB season. Prior to the order, there was concern among the Mets and Yankees that their unvaccinated players wouldn’t be able to play in any of their home games, just like what Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has had to deal with up to this point during the NBA season.

Adams acknowledged that there would be many people critical of his decision to exempt these parties over the likes of municipal employees.

“Some people will boo us, but others will cheer,” Adams said from the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field. “That’s not only the game of baseball, but the game of life.”

When asked about the municipal employees who were fired for not being vaccinated possibly getting their jobs back soon, Adams said that wasn’t going to happen.

According to Adams, “they were hired with the understanding that they are vaccinated.”

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