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Restaurant industry fearful of returning to strict COVID-19 restrictions
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Coronavirus-vaccine mandates, which are now being rolled out in an increasing number of cities across the country, have created a divide in the restaurant industry, according to an industry expert.
Regardless everyone is concerned about the same thing: the impact the mandates will have on businesses and consumers in the state, Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, told FOX Business.
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"Everyone seems to agree that we need to avoid reverting to harsher restrictions like we had throughout most of the pandemic," Rigie said. "We know we can't go back to reduced occupancy and shut down orders."
Those restrictions — which significantly hurt restaurant operations nationwide — are the reason the industry was left in peril for well over a year. However, as the delta variant continues to surge across the nation, fueling a new cases and hospitalizations, an increasing number of local governments are considering vaccine mandates for public places.