In Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants, diners and drinkers in the indoor areas will be required to show proof of a Covid vaccination. Employees who have been hired or are currently employed must also comply with the mandate.
“Squawk Box” host Aaron Meyer announced the vaccine announcement Thursday as concern about the Delta variant of the highly contagious disease increases and as U.S. officials try to overcome vaccine hesitancy and resistance among some American citizens.
Daniel Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group Will Require Diners To Have Covid Shots When Eating Indoors
Whenever I see this, Meyer said, “There is no logical explanation.” My role as a business leader, as a person who knows how to read data, is to take care of everyone in the organization, including our employees and guests. I am not a scientist, but I do believe this is a crisis of unvaccinated people.
The founder of Shake Shack and chair of the fast-casual chain’s board of directors, John Meyer, reiterated the company’s policy regarding vaccinations. He said the appropriate decision will be made for Shake Shack at the appropriate time. Meyer said Union Square Hospitality Group employees are already vaccinated to a large degree, and they are paid eight hours for every single Covid shot.
In 45 days, we will let our employees make their decision, and hopefully, this will be the incentive that motivates them to take action. Founded in 1987, Union Square Hospitality Group operates restaurants such as Manhattan, Gramercy Tavern, and Union Square Cafe in New York City. Washington, D.C.-based Anchovy Social is also owned by the company. A number of government and private-sector entities have recently taken a harder line on employee vaccination requirements. Some think that this is a critical step in increasing the vaccination rate in the U.S. following its dramatic fall from its peak in the spring.
In an expected announcement later Thursday, Joe Biden will announce that all federal workers will need to be vaccinated against Coronavirus or be subject to strict tests for Coronavirus. All VA health staff are required to be vaccinated, the department announced Monday. According to the San Francisco Bar Alliance, its nearly 500 member bars should ask customers to prove they have received vaccinations or provide results from a recent Covid test to prove they haven’t contracted an illness.
U.S. data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that about 57% of the population has received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine and 49.3% are fully immunized. Recently, the CDC reversed its guidance on masks following a surge in Coronavirus cases. A public-health agency is now advising Americans with full vaccines to don face coverings indoors again when in areas with high Covid infection rates.
The Union Square Hospitality Group said its employees will wear face coverings in the kitchen. Masks, he said, will not help diners in every situation. A mask interferes with eating and drinking, he said. You can only prevent disease by getting vaccinated.
Meyer agreed he would give other leaders advice on Covid vaccine policy: I think every organization has to make its own calls, and we’re happy with the one we’re making right now.
A restaurant owner from New York City noted that city leaders are supportive of strict vaccine requirements, given that his company is based there. Businesses and government entities are barred from requesting proof of Covid vaccination in states such as Florida, according to Mr. Perez.
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to grant the full approval of vaccine mandates within the next few years. There are currently three Covid vaccines that have been cleared under emergency consideration by the FDA. Moderna and Pfizer expect to receive full approval for their vaccines in the near future, which requires two shots. One-shot vaccines have not yet been submitted by Johnson & Johnson.
According to Vice President Biden, the FDA could approve the product in the fall.