The gathered people protest against compulsory vaccination for employees of municipal services.

Traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan is blocked due to protests against mandatory vaccination. This was reported on Monday on Twitter by the New York Police Department.

Hundreds of people are taking part in the protests, opposing compulsory vaccination for employees of municipal services. Among the demonstrators are policemen, firefighters, paramedics, municipal employees. They are heading from Brooklyn to the city council building, located in Manhattan.

“Because of the protests, all lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge leading towards Manhattan are blocked,” the police department stressed. Locals are advised to prepare for delays on the way and suggest looking for detours.

Last week, the mayor of the largest American metropolis, Bill de Blasio, signed an order obliging all municipal employees to get their first coronavirus vaccination by October 29. In case of refusal, they will be sent on unpaid leave, and subsequently, they may face dismissal. In total, according to ABC, about 50 thousand city employees of New York will have to be vaccinated against coronavirus.

For some municipal employees, the deadline for the first vaccination will be postponed in time, taking into account certain features of their work. So, for example, for 8 thousand employees of city correctional institutions, this date will be December 1. In addition, the decree provides for exemptions from vaccinations for religious or medical reasons.