Police say that three women from Texas were taken into police custody on Thursday following an attack on a New York City worker at a restaurant who asked for proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.
WNBC obtained video of a hostess from Carmines Italian Restaurant, Upper West Side Manhattan. She was attacked by the women. The hostess asked Texas tourists for their proof of vaccination, as part of the new protocols in New York City.
Video shows that the hostess nearly fell over in the fight outside the restaurant. WCBS reported that the 22-year old was punched and slapped, but refused medical attention.
WABC reported that a 44-year old woman and her 21-yearold daughter were arrested at the scene. A 49-year old woman was also taken into custody. The charges against them were not made public.
Carmines spokesperson said that it was shocking and tragic to witness one of its employees being assaulted because he or she had followed the COVID-19 protocols.
The spokesperson stated that our current focus is on our employees and the rest our restaurant family. This is a family-style restaurant. It's the last thing any employee should experience and every customer should see.
To be allowed into a New York City restaurant, anyone aged 12 or older must show proof that they have had at least one dose COVID-19 vaccination. Restaurants who fail to comply with the requirements could face a $1,000 fine.
Andrew Rigie, executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance called upon Mayor Bill de Blasio for a higher penalty for assaulting restaurant workers as well as to raise awareness about the city's vaccination requirements.
Rigie stated in a statement to McClatchy news that assaulting a worker at a restaurant for doing their job is unacceptable and must be punished.
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