Brooklyn business defies Key to NYC vaccine mandate, willing to risk fines

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Mary Josephine Generoso, the manager of Rocco’s in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, will not turn away unvaccinated patrons despite the city’s mandate. (Credit: PIX11)

NEW YORK — New York City’s vaccine mandate for restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues began on Tuesday, but one business owner in Brooklyn says she won’t turn away unvaccinated customers.

The sign on the front window of Rocco’s in Bay Ridge reads: “We do not discriminate against any customer based on sex, gender, race, creed, age — vaccinated or unvaccinated — all customers who wish to patronize are welcome in our establishment.”

However, if business owners do not comply with the city’s vaccine mandate, called the Key to NYC Pass, after Sept. 13, they could face fines up to $1,000 for a first offense. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would take an “escalator approach” with increasing, costly penalties for…

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