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Fox News host Bill Hemmer revealed that he walked out of a restaurant in New York City after he was told by employees that he needed to show his COVID papers to let him enter.
During a segment on Fox News alongside co-host Dana Perino, Hemmer said the restaurant tried making him provide a photo ID along with a COVID-19 vaccination card.
That’s when he decided to leave.
“I popped into a restaurant three weeks ago,” he said during a segment on NYC requiring proof of vaccination for many indoor activities, including dining.
“I said, ‘I don’t have my vaccination card, but I do have an app,’ so I downloaded that and I showed it to them. And they said, ‘Sir, can we see something with your name on it?’” he added.
Hemmer said he took out a couple of credit cards but was asked for something with his photo on it.
“I turned around and walked out,” Hemmer said. “You guys can have it. Good luck. The joint was empty.”
On Tuesday, a federal judge in New York sided with 17 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who sued to block the state’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, claiming it’s unconstitutional.
In his filing Tuesday granting a temporary restraining order, U.S. District Judge David Hurd said the New York State Department of Health cannot enforce the mandate against employees who oppose the vaccine for religious reasons.
Hurd — an appointee of former president Bill Clinton — also said the Department of Health cannot punish or retaliate against the plaintiffs for refusing the vaccine on religious grounds.
The 17 healthcare workers are Christians who say the vaccines used “aborted fetus cell lines” in their testing and development, according to a Sept. 13 lawsuit they filed against Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Christopher Ferrara, the special counsel for the Thomas More Society, is the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.
He said New York’s compulsory Covid vaccinations as a requirement for continued employment is a “brazen power grab by people who think they can get away with anything.”
In a statement Tuesday, Ferrara said statewide vaccine mandates are unconstitutional and oppressive.
“Never in the history of New York State, never in the history of the world, has a government sought to forcibly impose mass vaccination on an entire class of people under threat of immediate personal and professional destruction,” he said.
“This is just another example of how Covid regimes are completely out of control. The federal judiciary has a duty under the Constitution to put a straight jacket on this institutional insanity.”
He said his clients do not oppose vaccines, but merely object to the government substituting its own judgment for private medical decisions that individuals should make.
“They are, in fact, in favor of voluntary vaccination with informed consent, but they oppose jack-booted coercion by the state to take a vaccine their religion forbids them to take,” Ferrara said. “This is America, not Red China.”
Judge Hurd gave the defendants until Sept. 22 to respond to the plaintiff’s lawsuit.
He also scheduled a Sept. 28 hearing for oral arguments in Utica (in Upstate New York).
Hours later and 246 miles away, a Manhattan judge also blocked New York City’s vaccine mandate for Department of Education workers.
New York Supreme Court judge Larry Love, a Democrat, temporarily barred the city from enforcing the mandate, which requires all DOE employees to get at least one vaccine dose by Sept. 27 or they’ll be fired.
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