Enforcement begins for de Blasio's business vaccine mandate

After a month of preparing businesses to screen patrons for vaccinations or risk $1,000 fines, city agencies gave out 353 warnings, but no fines, on Day One of the mandate’s enforcement.

Inspectors were out Monday checking on compliance but only issued warnings, said Mitch Schwartz, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“We want the restaurants and all the other businesses to succeed,” de Blasio said at a news conference last week. “No one is starting this out with the intention of fining. We don’t want to fine. We just want people to be safe. We want to make sure people are doing things the right way.” He said he believed the

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