Chicago’s Black Businesses Fear City’s Vaccine Mandate Might Keep Customers Away

Some Chicago Black business owners worry that they could be more impacted by the vaccine mandate since Black residents have the lowest rate of vaccination in the city.

“I am not extremely mad at the mandate from a safety perspective, but yes there will be fewer bodies, meaning less revenue,” said Dave Jeff, owner of Alpha Space in South Loop.

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Mayor Lightfoot announced Tuesday that the city will require all restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues to have their patrons present proof of vaccination starting January 3.

“My first reaction, thinking business first, was of course I was upset because once again it was another setback, but when I think about it we just have to be more cautious in today’s times,” said Kenya Reaves, ownner of FAM Entertainment Theater Company in Bronzeville.

Rhonda McFarland is the executive director of the Quad Communities Development Corporation. The economic development agency serves several neighborhoods on the South Side. McFarland said her agency is in support of getting more Black residents vaccinated.

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SOURCE: ABC 7 Chicago, Will Jones

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