New York City Vaccine Mandate Protesters Eat at Staten Island Mall Food Court

Over the weekend, a group of people opposed to New York City’s vaccine mandate for restaurants and other indoor activities visited a Staten Island food court, refusing to produce evidence of vaccination before eating. An estimated 60 people marched through the Staten Island Mall’s food court and sat down to eat on Saturday. They chanted “USA!” and “F**k Joe Biden!” in a video captured and uploaded to social media by freelance reporter Oliya Scootercaster.

The demonstration was reportedly organized by John Matland, who runs the Instagram page “We the People are the News.” Matland told Fox News that the primary goal of the protest was to show people that the mandate is not being enforced. He said, “There were multiple levels to what we were accomplishing. We were stimulating the economy of the mall people were going to go shop afterward if they chose to. But, specifically, the food court would be getting an influx of money and support. We would be proving that you can’t enforce this and that there is no avenue with legal standing to do so. And we were showing that if people walked in, sat down; they wouldn’t really be stopped. Which we weren’t.”

The video shows the group walking into the Staten Island Mall’s food-court area unchallenged, ignoring signs notifying them to show evidence of Covid vaccination. The protestors were permitted to eat in the food court without issue. They led fellow diners in chants of “My body, my choice!” and recited The Pledge of Allegiance.

In one of the clips, a female protester can be heard saying, “Everybody, go get food and eat. That is what we’re here to do. Then we’re going to meet over there and go into the food court area and sit our butts down and stay as long as we like!”

One protester stated, “Vaccinated or unvaccinated, we are all one people. We shouldn’t be carrying papers or showing papers because we live in America.” Another participant discussed the potential effects the Covid hysteria could have on children, saying, “They are psychologically screwing [with] kids’ heads; they just don’t know it yet.”

New York’s recently imposed vaccine mandate requires residents 12 and older to show proof of at least one dose of the Covid vaccine to dine inside restaurants and malls, work out at a gym or attend an indoor concert. While people are not required to provide proof of vaccination or wear masks to enter the mall, they must present proof of immunization to enter the malls’ food courts.

The peaceful Staten Island food court protest comes after a string of New York City vaccine mandate-related incidents. This includes an argument at a Brooklyn Pizza restaurant, a fight outside an Upper West Side restaurant, and a large protest against mandatory vaccines in which New Yorkers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge. The Black Lives Matter Greater New York chapter has also voiced opposition to the requirements, blasting them as racist.

 

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