The new mayor of New York City Eric Adams, who was inaugurated shortly after midnight on New Years Eve, implemented his first executive orders just hours after taking office, one of which extends the city's indoor vaccine mandate.
In a series of tweets from the city's new mayor, Adams stated that his new executive orders fulfill his promise to New Yorkers that his team would "hit the ground running on day one."
"Effective leadership requires the three C's: clarity, consistency, and communication," Adams continued. "The two executive orders I signed today meet that criteria."
The first executive order Adams signed continues the existing state of emergency orders put into place by the former de Blasio administration.
Adams' order cited the quick spread of the Omicron variant and the rising rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations in his reasoning for extending the order.
The second executive order extended New York City's "Key to NYC" vaccination requirement, that mandates patrons show proof of vaccination to enter a large portion of indoor businesses in the city.
Former mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city's vaccine mandate back in August, which requires both workers and patrons in indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment settings show proof of vaccination, or be denied entry.
Twitter users slammed Adams for his first actions, stating that he is just another term of de Blasio, the former mayor, and pointing out that despite the precautions, the city is setting record numbers of new COVID-19 cases.
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