Restaurant owners in Minneapolis and St. Paul claim that the introduction of vaccine passports has resulted in a 40% drop in sales.
- Restaurant owners have reported massive losses in business since the introduction of vaccine passports in Minneapolis and St. Paul, according to Summit News.
- Business owners went so far as to sue authorities for their choice to put the vaccine passes into effect.
- A court ruled against business owners who claimed the mandate was too much for their businesses and was proven wrong by the staggering drop in revenue.
- Some in the hospitality business have asserted that residents are avoiding city locations and opting for suburban or rural areas.
WHAT THOSE INVOLVED HAD TO SAY:
- “Unfortunately when the vaccine-or-test mandate went into effect we saw a 30% drop in our Minneapolis locations overnight,” said Craft and Crew Hospitality co-owner Luke Derheim. “I think a lot of people want to come to St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Hopkins because there’s less regulation if they’re vaccinated or not.”
- Bunny’s Bar and Grill assistant general manager Jason Rackner expressed similar worries to KTSP, saying, “With the mandate especially, business is down anywhere between 30-40%.”
- Another business owner called the mandate a “calculated and purposed to attempt to prod the general public toward vaccination” at the expense of small businesses’ livelihoods.
- Investigations by experts in Spain discovered that vaccine passports had no impact on COVID-19 transmission rates, and might even make it worse, according to The Telegraph. Another study in the UK found similar results.
- Vaccine passports are a “disguised” form of mandated vaccines, the French Minister of Health admitted in December according to Summit News.
- American Faith reported how video footage showed Italians eating potluck style in the streets, a caption indicating the gesture was a protest against vaccine passports required at restaurants.