The 24-year-old host at Carmineâ€™s, an Italian restaurant on Manhattanâ€™s Upper West Side, was struck multiple times with closed fists, resulting in bruises and scratches on her face, chest, and arm, and a broken necklace, police said.
Cellphone video shows the tourists nearly knocking over the host stand as the worker tried to back away. The assailants responded by grabbing at her neck and chest, the video shows.
The women, aged 49, 44, and 21, all residents of the Houston area, were charged with assault and criminal mischief.
New York City requires people dining indoors to show proof theyâ€™ve received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. Enforcement began on Monday.
Carmineâ€™s owner Jeff Banks told CBS New York the hostess is OK, but remains unsettled. He said heâ€™s hired extra security for the restaurant entrance.
â€œThis turned into a mess. And from there, itâ€™s inexcusable, itâ€™s ridiculous,â€ Banks said, noting that he has no problem with the vaccine mandate.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer called the assault â€œcompletely unacceptableâ€ on social media, adding: â€œThereâ€™s no place for this kind of violence to be perpetrated against our essential workers.â€
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