Senator Brad Hoylman is targeting athletes or guest artists who will not take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Hoylman, a Democrat from New York, recently introduced S.7432 to allow local governments to require artists, athletes, employees, those who attend games or performances to be vaccinated to enter a place of entertainment. According to guidelines released by the New York City Mayor’s Council on September 28, performers, athletes and accompanying persons showing up at a covered entertainment venue in New York City require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. ONLY if they are residents. of New York City or are regularly employed by the establishment.
Under New York City’s current health mandates, New Jersey Nets point guard Kyrie Irving cannot play in Nets home games at Barclays Center. He can train with the team because the team’s facility is considered an office, and under NBA rules, Irving could play in most road games.
“Once again, I will say it again. It’s not about the Nets, it’s not about the organization, it’s not about the NBA, it’s not about politics, ” Irving said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s not just anything. “It’s just about the freedom of what I want to do.
Hoylman’s Law on the Fair Application of Individual Requirements for Vaccination Mandates would allow New York City to apply its vaccination mandate to guest artists.
He said it was unfair that artists and athletes who do not live in New York City were allowed to perform without proof of vaccination, which Hoylman said exposes clients, venue staff and other performers to or players at risk of contracting COVID-19.
“This exemption for out-of-town artists has no scientific basis and creates confusion over local vaccine requirements. “ Hoylman wrote in his legislative memorandum. “This absurd policy will also put local sports teams at a competitive disadvantage. For example, a Nets or Knicks player who is not vaccinated cannot play at home, but if an unvaccinated player from another state is playing a game at Madison Square Garden or Barclay’s Center, he can play. .