Newly inaugurated New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced he will keep his predecessors vaccine mandate, extending the so-called “Key to NYC Pass” indefinitely. Former Mayor di Blasio imposed a vaccine mandate across the Big Apple that took effect on December 27, just days before Adams was sworn in on January 1. The city mandate will continue in force regardless of any decision from the SCOTUS on the federal mandate imposed by the Biden administration. On a more positive note, Mayor Adams has also issued an Executive Order relaxing certain city codes and regulations in an effort to provide more support to struggling businesses. Specifically, the Executive Order mandates that the Departments of Sanitation, Buildings, Health and Hygiene, the FDNY and the Department of Consumer Protection, all of which Adams has call insufficiently “business-friendly”, work to “reduce needless fines and penalties” and “slash red tape.” The order requires the agencies to identify 25 violations within 90 days that prompt the most summonses and fines to businesses and adjust them accordingly!