Shocking video has emerged of a group of tourists attacking a hostess outside a restaurant after they were asked to provide proof of their vaccination status.
The brawl was held at Carmine’s Italian diner on the Upper West Side, New York City, on Thursday afternoon at 5pm.
Three tourists from Texas are seen punching hostesses asking for proof of vaccination against Covid-19 in videos that have been circulated online.
One woman wraps her arm around her hostess’ neck and pushes another towards the desk.
Other staff members of the restaurant rush out to disperse the women who are complaining about not being allowed inside.
New York Police responded to the scene and arrested the three women, who aged 21, 44 and 49.
They were taken by the New York Police Department to the 24th precinct house station.
After being repeatedly punched, the hostess needed hospital treatment. She was left with bruises as well as scratches.
Jeffrey Bank, owner of the restaurant, said in a statement: “It’s a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job — as required by city policies — and trying to make a living.
For more stories from the Daily Star, sign up to one of our newsletters here.
“Our focus right now is caring for our employee and the rest of our restaurant family.
“This was the worst experience our staff and customers will ever have.”
The New York Police Department confirmed that the tourists have been charged with assault and criminal mischief and were told to appear in court on October 10.
While announcing the plans to require vaccines in August, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “not everyone’s going to agree with this,” but added that the rule was needed to help save lives as Covid-19 cases continue to grow across the U.S.