NEW YORK (1010 WIN) — A small group of protesters took to the Staten Island Mall food court this weekend in protest of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s indoor vaccine mandate.
The anti-vaxxers waved an American flag and chanted “USA, USA” as while rallying in front of a Taco Bell and Piattino pizza shop on Saturday, according to video posted by reporter Oliya Scootercaster.
“Everybody, go get food and eat; that is what we’re here to do,” one of the women protesting said in the video. “Then we’re going to meet over there and go into the food court area and sit our butts down and stay as long as we like.”
New York City requires patrons to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, venues and other indoor establishments. While vaccination proof isn’t required to enter malls, they are needed to eat in mall food courts.
Protesters also chanted “f--k Joe Biden” and “Trump won” during the event before reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Scootercaster in her post said the few dozen protesters were never explicitly asked to show their proof of vaccines as they ate in the food court for more than 30 minutes.
Despite small protests flaring up across the city against de Blasio’s mandate, a majority of New Yorkers are vaccinated. Nearly 82% of city residents have received at least one vaccine shot, according to city data.