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‘I’ve been losing staff': Canarsie restaurant struggling with city's dining vaccine mandate

Just months after her doors opened in July, she says keeping her staff was almost impossible.

News 12 Staff

Oct 8, 2021, 9:25 PM

Updated 988 days ago

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Almost a month after the city enforced the vaccine mandate for indoor dining, one restaurant owner says her business has taken a financial hit. 
Kerlie Napoleon says opening a restaurant in Canarsie during the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t easy. 
Just months after her doors opened in July, she says keeping her staff was almost impossible.
“I’ve been losing staff when I really need the help now because I’m telling them it's mandated by the state that you have to get vaccinated too, that's been really a struggle for me,” said Napoleon. 
The city’s data on vaccines says that 57% of people in Brooklyn and the Bronx are fully vaccinated. 
Data also shows that 64% of people citywide received both doses. 
Napoleon says she plans to employ students so she can try to get more help with her restaurant.


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