The mayor’s decision caught some businesses by surprise and may face legal challenges, as President Joe Biden’s efforts to require vaccinations have.

(Bloomberg) –New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will become the nation’s first to impose a vaccine mandate on private-sector workers starting on Dec. 27, characterizing it as a “preemptive strike” to head off a potential upsurge in cases in the face of the new omicron variant.

His office said in a statement Monday that the mandate will cover roughly 184,000 businesses.

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