Democratic cities Boston and Chicago announced they would be requiring individuals to show proof of vaccination to enter indoor facilities a day apart this week.
Boston’s democrat mayor Michelle Wu announced on Monday that people will be required to prove they’re vaccinated to enter bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, music venues, sporting arenas, and more on Jan. 15, 2022.
“There is nothing more American than coming together to ensure that we’re taking care of each other,” she said at a press conference as protesters shouted and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
She explained that most of the virus-related hospitalizations were of unvaccinated people, who make up nearly a third of Boston’s population. The mandate will also require all of the city’s employees to get vaccinated.
“Today’s steps to protect community members in certain indoor establishments and throughout our city workforce will help ensure that everyone in Boston will be safe,” Wu said.
The next day, Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s democratic mayor, announced similar restrictions that she said were “inconvenient by design” for the unvaccinated.
“We didn’t want to get to this point, but given the situation we find ourselves in, we simply have no choice,” Lightfoot remarked on Tuesday, noting that the city has been averaging 1700 new cases daily.
“The unvaccinated are affecting the health, well-being and livelihoods of all the rest of us, so to control the spread, we have to limit the risk, and a significant risk in our city remains the unvaccinated.”
Residential and office buildings, schools, grocery stores, and churches are exempt from the order. It does not apply to people entering eateries for less than ten minutes that order food to-go.
“If you wish to live life as normally as possible, with the ease to do the things that you love, you must be vaccinated in the city of Chicago starting Jan. 3,” Lightfoot said. “This health order might pose an inconvenience to the unvaccinated, and the fact is, it’s inconvenient by design.”
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