As bad a year as it’s been for a huge number of small- and medium-sized businesses around the country thanks to perpetual lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions, you’d think that most people who own a business would try to make it as easy as possible to serve customers.
Requiring people to take a vaccine that they may not want before you’ll let them come in doesn’t sound like a very good way to attract more customers, but that seems to be the direction we’re heading — all thanks to the fear porn being generated for the ‘China Flu.’
The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard has more:
Businesses are finding strong support for requiring customers and others to prove they’ve been vaccinated for the coronavirus before entering, just like some nations are requiring of travelers.
“Businesses that want to keep their employees and employers safe have a right to ban customers who refuse to get vaccinated from entering,” said the latest “Back to Normal Barometer,” a survey that focuses on businesses that Bedard has been keeping track of since the pandemic.
“Now that a vaccine is available, many Americans want it quickly so they can get back to their normal activities and want businesses to be able to keep those who choose not to get it out of their places of work,” noted Ron Bonjean, a partner at ROKK Solutions for whom the survey is done along with Engagious, and Sports and Leisure Research Group.
The ban on persons who have not been vaccinated goes right along with current demands by businesses for their customers to wear masks, often in line with state and local regulations during the pandemic.
Bedard says the Barometer has allegedly identified and tracked business and public reactions to COVID-19; the latest survey “confirmed that both remain cautious about the spread,” he wrote.
Of course, there is disagreement over mandatory vaccine mandates just so you can shop.
The new survey reveals that “a bare majority of 51% of Americans strongly agree with the statement, ‘I will definitely get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.’” That low result comes despite a vaccine being pushed by everyone in government and Big Pharma (of course).
But among Americans who say they will get one, 71 percent are eager to do so, a group led by people 65 and older, and liberals.
Now, for the practical and legal aspects.
First and foremost, it may not even be lawful to require someone to be vaccinated before they are allowed in a business. Even now those that ‘require’ people to wear masks are not universally enforcing the mandate. A trip to any local big box or grocery store, and you’ll see customers waltzing around without a mask period. And forget social distancing. (Related: Robert Kiyosaki: Big Pharma “threatened to have me killed” for criticizing coronavirus vaccine.)
Also, there are certainly parts of the country — metropolitan areas, for certain — where vaccine mandates will go over just fine, while a mandate will definitely not go over in other parts of the country where liberty and freedom are still cherished (see most red states).
If businesses get too aggressive with their mandates, then they are liable to face lawsuits that they may or may not win.
Then again, states and Congress could also ban vaccine mandates, the latter under the Constitution’s authority granting the Legislative Branch the power to regulate interstate commerce.
But the bottom line is this: Businesses that are smarting after 10 months’ worth of perpetual lockdowns are not, by and large, going to attract more customers in many parts of the country by forcing them to be vaccinated. In fact, that sounds like a great way to further enrich Walmart and Amazon; ticked off consumers will just turn to online retailers and continue shopping from home like they have been for months.
See more reporting like this at Pandemic.news.
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