“Look, I know it’s not easy, but I’ll give them a pat,” Biden said yesterday thanks, in some cases, to Walmart, Google, Netflix, Disney and Tyson Foods, despite mandating vaccines for their workforce. pushback by unions. (Tyson’s Government Order Tuesday was notable for covering all of its 120,000 workers in the United States, including slaughterhouses and poultry plants.) Other companies have “refused to step up,” Biden said. “I find it disappointing.”
As far as mandates on customers, such as those announced in New York City, some businesses such as Danny Meyers’ Union Square Hospitality Group, which runs Blue Smoke and Gramercy Tavern, have already taken steps. Others are less certain. “I don’t want the government to mandate anything to me,” said Tillman Fertitta, CEO of Landridge, Del Frisco, parent of Bubba Gump Shrimp and other chains. told CNBC. “I don’t know if I’m there yet, telling you you can’t come to my restaurant until you’ve been vaccinated.”
It’s not the same as asking for ID for a drink. Vaccine mandates for restaurants could make an establishment more attractive to some, but at the same time create the potential for conflict, as is the case with mask requirements. (The logistics of monitoring New York’s 25,000 restaurants and bars would also be daunting, to say the least.) A spokesperson for the National Restaurant Association said, “Checking vaccination status is like ID-ing before serving a drink to a customer. Not there.” Dealbook. In France, a similar mandate motivated protest.
The country is deeply divided on the issue of mandate, It continues to make it difficult for companies with a national footprint to set policies. Ten states have passed legislation to prevent schools, businesses and state governments from making the vaccine mandatory, according to the National Convention of State Legislatures. Fourteen have passed legislation prohibiting vaccine passports or proof of vaccination in general. “If you’re not going to help,” Biden said addressing the governors of these states, “at least get out of the way of people who are trying to do the right thing.”