New York City pushed back on claims that requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms and clubs discriminates against Black and Hispanic customers.
“The purpose of the Key to NYC program has clearly been stated, to encourage all city residents regardless of race to get vaccinated,” lawyers for the city said Tuesday in a court filing in Brooklyn federal court.
A group of city residents, including restaurant and gym owners, sued the city last month to block the program created by Mayor Bill de Blasio. They claimed it illegally discriminates on the basis of race because Black and Hispanic New Yorkers have vaccination rates below the city average.
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