The incident was reported at Carmine’s Restaurant on 2450 Broadway around 5pm on Thursday.
Officials say the three women from Texas — a 44-year-old, her 21-year-old daughter and another 49-year-old woman — tried to enter the restaurant.
That’s when authorities say they assaulted the 24-year-old hostess who asked for their proof of vaccination.
The suspects broke the hostess necklace during the assault, but she refused medical attention.
The three women were taken into custody and given tickets to the desk.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“Our goal is to serve our customers good food, offer excellent service and hospitality, while keeping our employees and customers safe when we comply with the government’s mandated COVID-19 protocols,” said a spokesman for Carmine’s Italian restaurant. “It is a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for having done their job – as required by city policy – and tries to make a living. Our focus right now is to take care of our employee and the rest of the Our restaurant family. We are a family-style restaurant and this is the absolute last experience that any of our staff will ever endure and all customers will witness. “
“Assaulting a restaurant employee to do their job is heinous and punishable,” said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance. “We urge the city and state of New York to immediately increase sanctions for assaults on restaurant workers in New York in connection with the enforcement of Covid-19 protocols.”
The NYC Hospitality Alliance also urges Mayor Bill de Blasio to raise awareness of vaccine requirements for indoor dining for the general public – especially visitors who may not be aware of the policy.
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