Most companies are allowing for very rare religious and health exemptions, of course. But the “I read something scary on Facebook” excuse doesn’t apply anymore.
“You must be vaccinated if you want to come to work,” he tells me. “There are some organizations that are trying one more step before that. They’re saying, if you choose not to be vaccinated, then you will have to be tested several times during the week on your own dime. And you will have to wear a mask in the workplace and not any mask, but that N95 surgical mask. I mean, we are going to, at the end of the day, make this a little uncomfortable for you because you’re making it uncomfortable and the workplace less comfortable for your colleagues.”
MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle hasn’t mandated the vaccine but has implored workers to get the shot, acknowledging the unvaccinated will hurt business.
“In addition to the heart-wrenching thought of more illness and death, I fear that progressively more restrictive measures, including a return to social distancing and capacity restrictions, could be around the corner if we continue on this path,” Hornbuckle wrote in a letter to employees.
That’s the view from Union Square Hospitality CEO Danny Meyer. He told CNBC Thursday you can’t have full restaurants again without mandates for employees and customers to be vaccinated.
He’s giving workers 45 days to get the shot.
“These strains – there is no reason they can’t keep coming, and one more powerful than the next. We don’t know that, but that’s certainly a plausible outcome. As vaccinations rise we can nonetheless get back to our economic activity,” Powell said Wednesday.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated Bill Hornbuckle’s title. He is the CEO of MGM Resorts.