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Three tourists were allegedly arrested after assaulting a New York City restaurant hostess when she asked for proof of their vaccination status before they could be seated indoors, the New York Times reports.
Driving the news: Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order to mandate proof of vaccination in New York City to participate in indoor activities, including visiting gyms and restaurants. The order went into effect Sept. 13.
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The big picture: Footage obtained by NBC New York shows the incident unfold outside of Carmine's Italian restaurant on Thursday.
Three tourists, who are from Texas, are alleged to have begun repeatedly punching the 22-year-old hostess after she asked them to show proof they were vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the restaurant. The host had to be taken to the hospital after the attack, per the NYT.
Late Friday, a lawyer representing the three women said they all had vaccination proof that had been “questioned arbitrarily and unjustifiably” because they are Black and that they had not tried to “forcefully violate” the requirement that they show it to enter the restaurant, per the NYT.
Jeffrey Bank, chief executive of Alicart Restaurant Group, which owns Carmine's, denied the attorney's claims. “The facts are not going to bear that out,” he said.
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