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Dem Takes Aim At Unvaccinated Athletes, Performers

Sen. Brad Hoylman is pictured speaking on the state Senate floor in 2017.

Sen. Brad Hoylman is taking aim at athletes or visiting entertainers who won’t take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hoylman, a Democrat from New York City, recently introduced S.7432 to authorize local governments to require performers, athletes, employees, those attending games or performances to be vaccinated to enter a place of entertainment. According to guidance published by the Counsel to the Mayor of New York City on Sept. 28, performers, athletes, and individuals accompanying them appearing at an indoor entertainment venue in New York City require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 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 is unable to play in Nets’ home games in the Barclays Center. He can practice with the team because the team facility is deemed an office and, under NBA rules, Irving could play in most road games.

“Once again, I’m going to repeat this. This is not about the Nets, this is not about the organization, it’s not about the NBA, it’s not politics,” Irving said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s not any one thing. “It’s just about the freedom of what I want to do.”

Hoylman’s Fairly Applying Individual Requirements for Vaccine Mandates Act would allow New York City to apply its vaccine mandate to visiting performers. He said it is unfair that performers and athletes who don’t live in New York City are allowed to perform without proof of vaccination, which Hoylman said puts patrons, venue staff and other performers or players at risk of contracting COVID-19.

“This exemption for out-of-town performers has no basis in science and creates confusion about local vaccine requirements,” Hoylman wrote in his legislative memorandum. “This nonsensical policy will also put local sports teams at a competitive disadvantage. For example, a Nets or Knicks player that is unvaccinated cannot play home games, but if an unvaccinated player from another state plays a game at Madison Square Garden or the Barclay’s Center, they can play.”

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